A YEAR BOOK PUBLISHED BY
STUDENTS OF THE BRIDGE-
WATER STATE NORMAL SCHOOL
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HONORED PRINCIPAL AND FRIEND,
ALBERT GARDNER BOYDEN,
WE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATE
|0R the fifth time the Normal Offering appears as
a representation of all stages of the school life of
the Bridgewater State Normal School.
The object, this year, is to issue a book as little
dependent as possible, in plan and arrangement,
upon the former editions, but yet retaining all their value and
interest. We have tried to combine originality with the sug-
gestions obtained from previous Offerings, and to advance this
year's Offering a little nearer to the goal of perfection.
We have endeavored to represent both the serious and the
humorous sides of the school life within and without the classes
and halls. All personal comments have been taken simply to
add to the life and interest of the work, and are presented with
only the best of feelings, and entirely free from criticism of any
Our sincere thanks are extended to Mr. Sinnott, to our ad-
visory board, to our illustrators, to the whole school, who have
shown their appreciation of our efforts by their support, and to
all others who have contributed in any way to the success of
In placing this book before the graduates and undergrad-
uates of the school, we wish to say that if the pleasure they de-
rive from it is in proportion to our most earnest efforts to make
it a success, it will not have been written in vain.
JNOTHER year has passed during which many
improvements together with new features have
been added to the working plan of the school.
The studies in general have assumed a broader
aspect, yet retaining their former definiteness of
The experimental training now assumes a more practical
application, especially in the Model School. Mineralogy is
now introduced into the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades where the
pupils experiment on actual specimens and recite regularly upon
facts derived from observation of them. Thus the children are
brought into closer contact with the inanimate world about
In Geology, more attention is paid to field work because of
the relation with Harvard College, which many of our young
men attend after completing their course. Mr. Sinnott is also
rewriting his topics in Geography. The fundamental plan will
remain the same but the material will be somewhat changed.
A new feature has been introduced into the study of Zo-
ology ; namely, the students now keep two note-books, one re-
cording the results of each lesson separately, and the other
keeping a general record of the entire work.
The History course has been made easier and the results
more lasting by the introduction of map books which contain
the outline maps needed in the course, and which the students
fill in with water colors. Thus, instead of loose sheets and in-
accurate outlines, the correct maps are united in book form.
Through the untiring efforts of our honored principal,
Bridgewater has finally obtained that which she has greatly
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needed for some time, a new gymnasium building. The appro-
priations have been made by the State and the plan decided
upon, so that the work of construction may be immediately be-
gun. The magnificent structure will be situated on the green
opposite the school building, which the main entrance of the
gymnasium will face. The main part of the building will be
fifty feet by ninety feet, and will contain the main gymnasium
hall, gallery, and running track. Attached to this part will be
a projection, twenty-four feet by fifty feet, the entrance to which
will be adorned with towers. This addition will contain the
class rooms. The basement will be devoted to dressing rooms,
lockers, and bath rooms, in which class bathing will be employed.
Another marked improvement will be the installation of an
electric plant in the basement of the Normal School building.
This plant will contain dynamos and engines for the lighting of
the school buildings.
Many times during the past year the regret has been ex-
pressed that there is no " Normal song." True, there are several
songs called Normal songs, but these are short, and without any
great literary or musical value. Harvard has her song, " Fair
Harvard." Why should not Bridgewater have her song, the
music and words of which should be entirely original ? If some
students will have enough confidence to compose the stanzas,
Miss Prince has kindly assured us that they shall be set to the
proper music, and Normal will then have her song.
The Normal Offering, as the representative of the school,
takes this opportunity of congratulating the Normal Club upon
the success of their entertainments, all of which were of high
standard and deserving much praise.
The Offering wishes to call its readers' attention to the large
Alumni column, — the increase over previous years' representa-
tion, the success attained by Normal students as teachers, and
the tributes to the helpfulness of the B. N. S.
Table of Contents,
Albert Gardner Boyden,
Model School Instructors,
Graduation Day, 1902,
Farewell to Normal,
The Classes, ....
Class D, .
Special Edition de Bridgewater,
Normal Offering, .
Bridgewater Normal Association,
Normal Club, ....
Other Entertainments, .
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Junior Social, ....
Christmas Celebration, .
Social of the Four Year Classes,
Kappa Delta Phi Initiations,
Convention at Hingham,
Kappa Delta Phi,
The Six Owls, .
The Ten Pins, .
Alpha Gamma Phi, . .
Delta Alpha Tau,
From the Editor's Waste Basket,
On My Pen,
Diary of a Normalite,
The Stanhope Ring,
A Letter, .
Hlbett (Barbner Bcngben,
IHIS YEAR we dedicate our "book and heart" to
our keen critic and true friend, Albert Gardner
Boyden. If this book of ours proves to be, in any-
true sense, the epitome of the present life of our
Alma Mater, it is peculiarly fitting that we dedi-
cate it to him who, today, after forty years of service, is more
than ever the head of the Bridgewater Normal School.
We rely upon his interest in our athletic training and con-
tests. Has he not always, by precept and by example, advocated
the teacher's duty and privilege to possess a fine physique ?
Has he not extolled the virtue of a. healthy and well-disciplined
body? If he has not been able to attend every football, base-
ball and basket ball game, he has certainly promoted the mate-
rial interest of athletics by his indefatigable and successful
efforts to secure our much needed gymnasium.
In all that makes for true scholarship we recognize Mr.
Boyden's stimulus. We may have been sorely depressed at
times by our inability to distinguish truly between "a cat" and
"Tom, the cat", or by our lack of knowledge concerning "the
ears of birds" and "the teeth of hens." Yet we are grateful
beyond words for general exercises, psychology lessons and pri-
vate interviews — indeed, for everything that revealed our lack
of accurate observation, logical reasoning and power of making
practical applications, and that spurred us to thoroughness, con-
sistency and individuality.
Emerson's " American Scholar " has sometimes been called
the American people's "Declaration of Intellectual Indepen-
dence." To how many of us has some convincing general truth
or earnest personal word of Mr. Boyden's been the declaration
of our intellectual independence ! From the day that it was ut-
tered we have been ashamed to be content with second hand in-
formation, superficial observation and biased conclusion. Crude
we may often be in the future, but never again deliberately
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superficial. We cannot hope to equal the keen intellectuality,
ripe scholarship and controlled originality of this wonderful man,
seventy-five years young. But we can hope to emulate his in-
tellectual fair-mindedness, industry and perseverance.
It is, however, as teacher and friend that our hearts pay
most grateful tribute to Mr. Boyden. The record of his work
as teacher might well fill a volume. It would be the history of
this school, and the biographies of hundreds of men and women
up and down the country. Years from now such a record may
be written to inspire our children's children. We count our-
selves happy, however, to be living in these days when the his-
tory is making.
Three characteristics of Mr. Boyden as a teacher seem es-
pecially distinctive. First, he is a practical idealist. He com-
bines, in a rare degree, an optimistic, far-reaching grasp of edu-
cational ideals, with a practical, shrewd conservatism. Hence,
he avoids many disappointments and mistakes. Every physical,
mental and spiritual effort tells. There are no backward steps
and no depressing waits. Ahead of his age, and yet of his age,
he moves forward to the goal, " without haste, without rest."
He knows how to dream, to work, and, when need be, even to
wait, for the carrying out of God's great plans.
Then, too, Mr. Boyden handles men and things with con-
summate skill and tact. He studies every situation with refer-
ence to the present and the future. He makes up his mind cau-
tiously, impartially, firmly. He listens thoughtfully to all pro-
per advice, modifying his plans if he finds cause. Next he stud-
ies people, their special elements of strength and their possibili-
ties as helpers. Without loss of dignity or honor, he nearly
always wins them to his way of thinking or acting. All who
know him in educational comradeship bear testimony to this
gift which we students recognize so well. The same loyal def-
erence which we feel shows in the honors accorded him by
National Educators, and in the unselfish devotion to him and
the school shown by the teachers who have so long worked hand
to hand and heart to heart with him here.
The third trait of Mr. Boyden's character, and the one which,
perhaps, we admire the most, is his sympathy with the ambitions,
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successes, failures and possibilities of every individual pupil.
If he ever seems not to recognize a fond desire of ours, it is
doubtless because he wishes to hold us to our best and truest
ideals. His sympathy has a tonic quality, and he always shows
us the inspiration of a great trust. Nelson said to his soldiers,
" England expects every man to do his duty." Mr. Boyden says
to his graduates, " Bridgewater expects every man to live up to
his privileges, remembering, ' I am, I can, I ought, I will." As
we struggle upward toward the intellectual and moral heights,
this friend does not leave us lonely or unaided, but
"As a bird each fond endearment tries
To tempt its new-fledged offspring to the skies,
He tries each art, reproves each dull delay
Allures to brighter worlds and leads the way."
ALBERT G. BOYDEN, A. M.
Principal of the Normal School and Instructor in
Educational Study of Man.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1849. A. M. Amherst College,
1 861. Principal English High, Salem. Sub-Master Chapman
Grammar School, Boston. Instructor at Bridgewater Normal
School, 1850-53 ; 1857-60. Principal of the School since i860.
ARTHUR C. BOYDEN, A. M.
Vice- Principal and Instructor in Natural Science,
History and Civil Polity.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1871. Amherst College, 1876.
A. M. Amherst College, 1879. Taught Mathematics Chauncy
Hall School, Boston, 1876-79. In 1891 went with J. W. Dick-
inson on Educational Commission to Jamaica. Instructor in
Chautauqua and Cottage City Summer Schools. Bridgewater
Normal School since 1879.
FRANZ H. KIRMAYER, Ph. D.
Instructor in Classics and Modem Languages.
Attended Universities of Munich and Giessen. Ph. D. Bos-
ton College, 1895. Served in War of Rebellion, 1864-5. Vice-
Consul of United States at Munich, 1868. Author of several
text books. At Bridgewater Normal since 1870.
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WILLIAM D. JACKSON.
Instructor in Science, English Literature, Mathematics.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1880. Special course at Mass.
Institute of Technology. Courses at Boston Teachers' School
of Science. Taught at the Royal Normal College for the Blind,
London, England. At Bridgewater Normal School since 1883.
CHARLES P. SINNOTT, B. S.
Instructor in Geology, Geography and Physiology.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1881. Harvard College, 1889.
Principal Normal Department of Atlanta University, 1882-7.
Teacher of Mathematics and Science, Milwaukee State Normal
School, 1889-97. Called to Bridgewater Normal, 1897.
HARLAN P. SHAW.
Instructor in Chemistry, Mineralogy and Manual Training.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1890. Post-Graduate and As-
sistant, 1890-91. Special courses at Mass. Institute of Tech-
nology and Harvard University. Instructor at Bridgewater
since 1891. Student in Graduate School, Harvard.
FRANK E. GURNEY.
Instructor in Latin, Astronomy, Book-Keeping.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1890. Special courses. Taught
at School of St. Paul, Garden City, Long Island. At Bridge-
water Normal School since 1891.
ISABELLE S. HORNE.
Instructor in Vocal Culture and Reading.
Courses in Boston University School of Oratory. Taught at
Dover, N. H. Master's Assistant in Prescott Grammar School,
Somerville. At Bridgewater Normal School since 1875.
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CLARA S. PRINCE.
Instructor in Vocal Culture and Algebra.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1875. Courses at Holt Institute
of Vocal Harmony, and American Institute of Normal Methods.
Taught in Andrew School, Boston. Master's Assistant in Bige-
low School, Newton. At Bridgewater Normal since 1879.
FANNY A. COMSTOCK.
Instructor in Rhetoric, Arithmetic, Botany.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1875. Taught in Marlborough
High School. Instructor in Easton State Normal School, Cas-
tine, Me. At Bridgewater since 1888.
ELIZABETH H. PERRY.
Instructor in Drawing,
Westfield Normal School, 1880. Studied in Normal Art
School, Boston. Taught in public schools of Springfield, Mass.
Supervised Drawing in schools of Chelsea. Taught in Normal
Art School. At Bridgewater Normal School since 1891.
MARY ALICE EMERSON, A. B.
Instructor in English.
Bridgewater Normal School 1886. Head of English Depart-
ment, Plymouth (N. H.) Normal School, 1886-1888. Wellesley
College, 1892. Preceptress St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johns-
bury, Vermont, 1892- 1896. Head of English Department, Nor-
wich Free Academy, Norwich, Conn., 1896- 1900. Graduate
work at Wellesley, 1 900-1 901. At Bridgewater Normal School
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BESSIE L. BARNES.
Instructor in Physiology. Physical Training.
Boston Normal School. Boston Normal School of Gymnas-
tics, 1893. Taught in the Lowell School, Boston. Instructor
at Bridgewater Normal School since 1883.
LILLIE E. MERRITT.
Assistant Instructor in Drawing.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1894. Assistant during last two
years of course. Regular instructor since 1894.
LILLIAN A. HICKS.
Supervisor of Practice Teaching.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1875. Teacher in public schools
of Acushnet, Petersham, East Bridgewater, Quincy, Boston.
Returned to Bridgewater as Principal of Model School, Sept.
1 89 1. Became Supervisor of Practice Teaching, Sept. 1899.
9/fodei School instructors,
BRENELLE HUNT, Principal. Gtade IX.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1896. Principal Grammar
School, North Abington, '95-7. Principal Grammar School,
Westfield, '97-9. Returned to Bridgewater as Principal of
Model School, Fall of 1899.
ADELAIDE REED. Grade IX.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1865. Taught in schools of
Pembroke, Kingston, Abington, Maiden, Newton, Somerville.
Teacher at Bridgewater since 1896.
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MARTHA M. BURNELL. Grade VIII.
Gorham Normal School, Me., 1887. Special course at Bridge-
water Normal. Course at Harvard Summer School. Taught in
schools of Concord, N. H., and Chelsea. At Bridgewater, since
SARAH V. PRICE. Grade VII
Special course at Bridgewater Normal, 1899. Taught in
schools of Warehouse Point, Conn., Montclair, N. J. Principal
of Grammar School, East Hartford, Conn. Returned to Bridge-
NELLIE M. BENNETT. Grade VI
Bridgewater Normal School, 1888. Courses at Summer
School. Taught in schools of Middleborough. Returned to
JENNIE BENNETT. Grade V
Bridgewater Normal School, 1886. Courses at Summer
Schools. Teacher in schools of Middleborough. Teacher at
Bridgewater since 1898.
MARY L. WALLACE. Grade IV
Bridgewater Normal School, 1893. Teacher in schools of
Rockport and Maiden. At Bridgewater since 1895.
SARAH W. TURNER. Grade III
Bridgewater Normal School, 1878. Teacher in schools of
Bridgewater, Dighton, Somerville. Returned to Bridgewater as
teacher in Model School in 1895.
ANNIE LAWRIE SAWYER. Grade II
Teacher since Sept. 1902 in 2nd grade, Model School. A
graduate from the four years' course S. F. H. S., Warner, N.
H. and two years Special Course, Bridgewater, Mass. Taught
five years in Warner schools and two years in Wilmington, Del.,
previous to coming to Bridgewater.
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FLORA M. STUART. Grade I.
Bridgewater Normal School, 1889. Courses in Summer
School. Teacher in schools of Fairhaven and Newton. Re-
turned to Bridgewater as teacher, 1890.
CLARA R. BENNETT. Grade /, B.
Graduated from East Stronsburg, Pa., Normal, 1896, Bridge-
water Normal, 1901. Taught in schools of Gardner and Beverly.
In the Bridgewater Model School since 1901.
ANNE M. WELLS. Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Training Class in connection with Mrs. Quincy
Shaw's School, Boston, 1889. Post-graduate work with Miss
Fisher in Boston. Taught in schools of Brookline and Hart-
ford. At Bridgewater since 1893.
FRANCES P. KEYES, Assistant Kindergarten.
Mrs. Aldrich's Training Class, Springfield, 1888. Taught in
private kindergarten in Springfield, and public kindergarten in
Hartford. At Bridgewater since 1895.
(Srabuation 2>a£, 1902.
HE classes of 1902 were favored with as beautiful a
day for graduation as they could have wished. The
school hall was filled by a large and interested au-
dience. After devotional exercises and the render-
ing of a song "Union and Liberty" by the school,
the principal address was given by Mr. George H. Martin, for
many years first assistant in this school, now one of the Super-
visors of Schools in Boston.
Mr. Martin took as his subject The Higher Functions of a
Course of Study. He showed how the course now followed in
the public schools had grown from the three R's of Colonial
days, subject by subject, each addition being made by legislation
in response to a public demand. Three purposes of a course of
studies are to impart knowledge, to discipline, involving a grad-
ual growth in exactness, thoroughness and self control, and to
develop tastes and desires ; love of nature, love of art, and love
of good books should be encouraged. Beyond all these pur-
poses should be the love of service ; no man lives to himself
alone ; the deeds of great men have been examples for the gen-
erations which follow. Institutions come and go but man re-
Mr. Cushing of the four-year class presented to the school
the picture which the graduating classes had chosen as their
gift ; Mr. Boyden replied in acceptance.
Mr. Boyden spoke to the graduates upon The Teacher's
Opportunities, as these opportunities spring out of the relations
which the teacher holds to his pupils. His personal habits, his
manner of speech, attract or repel, are a help or a hindrance to
the formation of good habits on their part ; his thinking and his
tastes have influence in forming them ; his moral nature im-
presses itself upon them, his spirit is imbibed by them ; the
greatest opportunity comes from the unconscious influence of
his inner life. The teacher has greater opportunity than any-
one else, except the parent, to shape the destiny of individuals,
society, the nation and the race.
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Mrs. Palmer's address in presenting the diplomas has espe-
cial interest in retrospect now that we know her voice will be
heard here no more. Her thought was an illustration of what
Mr. Martin had said of the love of service. The graduates were
to go forth as servants as well as leaders. Those who fill the
largest place in the world are those who are most truly and com-
pletely the servants of others. This truth was emphasized con-
cerning King Edward whose coronation was expected that week,
while the life of President Roosevelt furnished another conspic-
Diplomas and certificates were given to about a hundred
graduates and special students, including a few who finished
their course in January.
The second annual ivy-planting took place in the afternoon,
with an oration, the reading of a history and of a poem, the
burial of the records, and a speech in acceptance of the trust on
the part of the undergraduates.
The public exercises of the day were completed by the cus-
tomary social gathering in the evening.
farewell to ftlormal.
Our life at dear Normal is now almost past.
We've come to the day that we've worked for, at last.
Yet now as we're leaving our dear Normal hall
We wish to return thanks to one and to all.
We've tried to be faithful in work and in play,
To learn some new lesson on each golden day,
For "not to be ministered unto" are we,
But all unto others would ministers be.
Now first to the Bay State, so true and so strong,
Our grateful affection doth rightly belong.
We thank our dear teachers for what they have done
To help us prepare for the race we're to run.
We cannot forget them, tho' far we may roam,
And always and ever will this be our home.
And now as we're leaving, how tender each heart
With memories of Normal, from which we must part.
As now we go forth to our mission in life,
Armed with courage and purpose to help in the strife,
Let us each carry with us the note of the school,
Determined to make it our own golden rule.
"Not for self but for others" our motto shall read,
That in the true spirit of love we may lead ;
For "not to be ministered unto" are we,
But all unto others should ministers be.
■ MJEJMgJiiLjjiiuiii.iiMhMBaaBa saH gn: ■ •- ■*■?*
M. D. Carroll, President
Lula E. Payson, Vice-President
Amy W. Lawrence, . . . Secretary and Treasurer
Bessie E. Waterman, Historian
jOW in the year one thousand nine hundred and two,
in the sixth month of that year, there arose among
the members of the class that was called A, a
mighty prophet, who spake, thus, saying,
"And those that come after us, shall they not
at first tremble and fear much, and shall they not lack confidence
to lift up their voices in the assemblies ? Yet shall they struggle
with good spirit till they wax exceeding strong and courageous,
and there be none like unto them for courage."
Thus was the prophecy fulfilled by the Section whom the
leaders and chief among the people called D. And behold their
names are written in the book of the Normals which is called
And this is the record of these people in whom was the ful-
fillment of the prophecy, in the fourth year that they dwelt in
Bridgewater. In that same year their number was ten.
Now in the first month which is called September, they
spent much time, yea, two hours a day spent they, with Albert,
the chief of teachers, who is also called the Righteous. Thus
they also spent the second month, and the third month, and also
the fourth, and the fifth which is called January.
And behold there were with them many others from the
Specials and the Irregulars, so that the congregation numbered
about seven and forty.
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" Hear me, O students, that ye may learn many things con-
cerning the Art of Teaching. And lo ! the students listened and
learned many things of priceless worth which aided them in
Moreover in those days of the fourth year that the people
of the Section that is called D abode at Bridgewater, they be-
came teachers of the children of the Model School. And behold!
they began their work with much fear and trembling, as it had
been prophesied concerning them.
But it came to pass that they grew strong and courageous,
and in the last days labored in the work with much rejoicing.
Now four among the brethren, and one of the women, chose
to sit at the feet of William and learn of him concerning trigo-
nometry and geometry which was much advanced.
And as he taught them they marvelled at his sayings, es-
pecially when he spoke, saying, —
" I beseech ye, O students, that ye gain a little facility and
much felicity in the use of those numbers which are called loga-
Moreover, he warned them many times that they take great
heed lest they use too often new truths which they had discov-
ered by much thought.
And behold they answered, " So let it be." And going on
they labored with great valor and courage.
Now in a certain month of that year, and about the middle
of that month, a strange malady seized upon certain of the peo-
ple of Section D, so that they could remember no more to as-
semble with their teacher to take counsel concerning their work
among the children of the Model school.
And the malady afflicted them sorely for many days and
many remembered not to meet as they had been commanded.
And the teacher wondered, yet laughed and said, "This
that has come upon us came likewise in the days of our fathers
and it will straightway disappear.
And it came to pass that the prophecy concerning the mal-
ady was fulfilled in the same month that it came upon them, and
the students again assembled according to the commandment
of their leaders.
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Now when they were assembled together to learn the art
of reading, their leader stood up before them and exhorted them
saying, " What shall it profit a man if he gain all manner of
knowledge and lack control of himself?"
And the students saw that her words were full of wisdom
and they sought diligently to follow them. Whereupon they be-
came great in the art of reading in the eyes of all the people, so
that tney rendered the words of Shakespeare as no others had
rendered them since the time they were written.
And one of the brethren achieved also great skill in the
control of his body so that he was able to throw himself at a
lady's feet with exceeding gracefulness
And the honor of the Section was great because of these
things. But the work required much exhortation before it was
Now it came to pass on the fourteenth day of the sixth
month, that the people of Section D gave a feast and bade all
the people who were sojourneying in the land of the Normals
for three or four years to join with them. And it pleased these
people greatly, so that they came gladly and aided the Section
in its great feast. And when they were all assembled together
there was much rejoicing and all were satisfied.
But behold ! these are not all the things which the people
of the Section that is called D did in the fourth year that they
abode at Bridgewater.
For lo, they studied the sun, the moon and the stars, and
they made many drawings of much complexity, for the subject
was exceeding difficult.
And it came to pass that the number of these drawings
grew exceeding large so that they weighed upon the students
like unto a heavy burden.
Therefore one of the students said, "Lo, I will sell my draw-
ings which are called diagrams and add many shekels unto my
purse." But behold, all the people had a great many and to spare
and would not buy.
And they also made drawings in geology which added unto
their burden, so that they began to cry aloud saying,
" Truly we are fed with nothing save Shakespeare and dia-
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grams." And their lamentations were heard the length and
breadth of the school.
But it came to pass that their sorrow was turned into joy
and their weeping into laughter. And in the last days they
raised a song of thanksgiving unto their leaders for their great
kindness and mercy unto them in all the years that they dwelt
at Bridgewater saying ; —
" Unto thee, O Normal
Do we give thanks ;
For thou hast raised us,
Yea, hast lifted us up,
From the depth of ignorance
Hast thou raised us.
And there was great rejoicing and thanksgiving among all
Boyden, Ethel Bridgewater
Carroll, Michael Davitt
Matossian, Jesse Aintab, Syria
Pellissier, Robert Edouard
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Vinal, William Gould Norwell
Clapp, Ida May Scituate
Gunn, Sarah Cameron Dedham
Lawrence, Amy Winifred
Lebanon, N. H.
Payson, Lula Estelle Camden, Me.
Valentine, Jennie Judith Fairhaven
Waterman, Bessie Everson Campello
u'J H. Forest Wilson, President
f Lucie E. Reed, Vice-President
A. Laura Harding,
Secretary and Treasurer
Florence A. Baker,
Lucie E. Reed, Historian
Colors — Maroon and Gold.
(E ARE 13 ; a baker's dozen with the Baker included.
When we entered upon our duties in September
we were glad to know that every member of our be-
loved "Section A." had returned. It became ne-
cessary after awhile that the good old Section be
divided into parts, for now the time had come when the "Three
Years students" must shift for themselves. The new class
flourished under the name of "we" and had one officer, the his-
torian. A few other students were looking for people like our-
selves, and finding us, by mutual consent the Irregulars became
an organized class with the above named officers.
During the past year we have realized what our work here
means, and have aimed for the goal more earnestly. Many
pleasing incidents have happened during the year, which, when
recalled, bring back old memories and pleasant associations.
The incidents are many and of great variety, due to metamor-
phism and crystallization. You will say I am right in the use
of geological terms, when you remember that "the first year,
we're young ; the second, we're old ; and the third, fossils" — As
the last, it is our wish to be a benefit to our successors who may
profit by our mistakes and use our good qualities for an example.
Joys and sorrows for ourselves and others began with our
initiation into Model School life and the mysteries of Psychology.
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In the latter we have learned what we are, what we ought to be,
and in connection with the former, tried to put theory into prac-
tice. At the first assignment of grades the three gentleman of
the class went to the kindergarten. This was a small beginning,
to be sure, but 4 the great ending is the enevitable result. The
fact that Mr. Wilson stepped to intermediate work proved too
much for him. He became ill and was obliged to go to his
home. After a severe sickness he gained strength and returned
to school, where he was warmly welcomed by his classmates.
The vacation habit was contagious, for after the February holi-
day, another one of our members took Wing(s) and flew, but re-
turned after the spring vacation to maintain the "lucky 13."
The psychology classes never ceased to be interesting, some-
times entertaining ; especially when certain persons volunteered
information. Once, when Mr. Boyden asked, "Who has ever
seen the diaphragm of a pig?" Mr. Northcott replied, "Mr. Sin-
nott has one." Mr. Wilson when asked of what use was the
hair on the face, quickly replied, "I have no use for it there."
This statement was in direct contradiction to his actions last
year. Miss Wing seemed to agree with Mr. Wilson that hair
on the face was not becoming to men. She did not explain why
she was so impressed. One incident of the reading class is not
likely to be forgotten. Again Miss Wing seems to be the un-
fortunate one for it fell to her lot to read.
"Love swells like the Solway but ebbs like its tide."
Miss Home remarked, "It wouldn't appear so from your action."
The laugh which followed was increased ten-fold by Miss
Home's additional statement, "I didn't mean anything personal,
you all have had similar experiences." Have we?
Every member of the "lucky 13" is an important factor in
the school life. Mr. Wilson has charge of the school, where
you can get what you ask for, or 'something just as good,' an-
other member belongs to a King-ly race, and one is recognized
by all to be the Keen 'n of the class. Mr. Eldridge is the actor,
impersonating Scrooge or Shylock with perfect ease. I forgot
to mention that we have a fourth Mann. In gymnastics one
young lady shows such motor control, it would appear as if she
were a statue, and one might ask 'Isherwood?' A literary career
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is marked out for another, for when she cannot express herself
in prose she uses poetry. Two members are inseparable and so
much alike that even their names begin with the same letter H.
The little one is Miss Williams, little, but Oh my!
During the past years of our Normal life the 'round robin'
has found its way into each member's home. It is the wish of
all that the 'robin' may never die but returning each year may
find each one further advanced, and more ready
To add to the world's joy and mirth ;
To render fair the path of duty ;
To sprinkle sunshine o'er the earth ;
To see in all things hidden beauty.
To put aside all needless strife ;
To struggle onward in endeavor ;
To gather in the heart of life
The inner wealth that lasts forever.
Northcott, John Warren
Wilson, Henry Forrest
Baker, Florence Adeline
Hammond, Helen Adair
Harding, Annie Laura
Isherwood, Elsie May
King, Tina Marie
Keenan, Margaret Winifred
Mann, Grace Leonard E. Bridgewater
Reed, Lucie Estes Brockton
Wing, Irma Ethyl West Medford
Eldridge, Alberta Morton S. Chatham
Williams, Agnes Sophie Taunton
Blanche M. Brickett, President
Sara T. Allen, Vice-President
Edna F. Scott, ...... Secretary
Lulu M. Dix, Treasurer
Linna M. Ferrer, ...... Historian
Class Colors — Dark Green and Gold
|EMPUS FUGIT" was the sage remark of Virgil in
old Roman times. What would he have said if he
had been a Senior at the Bridgewater Normal
School ! When we entered upon our course as
Juniors with what long faces and heavy hearts we
thought "Two years away from home ! " Now as we look back
over the time we have spent here, it seems impossible that
months have elapsed, yet the future has become the past, and
the Regular Class of 1901 has made its history.
If it does seem impossible to realize that we have stayed at
B. N. S. two years, we need only look at our pile of note-books
to find that 'Life was earnest'. Can we ever forget the hours
we spent in drawing birds for zoology ! One thought consoled
us always in our work. Every bird we drew was carefully la-
belled to avoid mistakes as to identity ; yet even then whenever
we prided ourselves upon a particularly well-extended quail,
some poor critic would say, "Why, what a beautiful robin"!
The Senior, exemplifying the forbearing spirit of her class,
would only sigh, while the critic passed on, happy in the con-
sciousness of having done at least one good deed that day.
In the early fall, Seniors might be observed carrying ham-
mers with which to pound knowledge out of stones, not into one
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another's heads. Then it was also that the girls bent patiently
over squared paper trying to make designs that would illustrate
balance, rhythm, and harmony. Of course this was trying work
but there was a certain fascination about it that kept us at it
despite ourselves. By Thanksgiving, gray hairs and lines of
care began to appear. "Oh dear ! Have you handed in your
book-keeping? I'll never get mine done." History maps next
claimed our attention. Then came Model-school observation.
Our fears as to whether she would see what we ought to see are
still remembered, while at the word "English" we all faithfully
performed the "panting exercise" taught us in reading by Miss
By Feb. 3 we bade good-bye to all of our Normal-school
studies except Geography, reading, nature study (which trans-
lated means, Get up at 5 a. m.) gymnastics and literature.
Then we were initiated into the art of teaching. How beauti-
ful and calm everything was as we watched the regular teacher
conduct the class ; but when our first exercise came, the ther-
mometer rose, the wind blew a hurricane, and we were tempest
tossed, struggling blindly for shore, only knowing that we must
swim, not sink. We sincerely hope that the anticyclone will be
less depressing in its effect upon us.
To some illustrious mortals has been granted the privilege
of making history, and the Senior Class, like all truly great or-
ganizations has its prodigies in history making. Miss Brooks
has shown unexcelled skill in distinguishing synonyms. "Sink
or swim, live or die, survive or perish" proved a snare to the
Senior readers, until Miss Brooks helped us out by telling Miss
Home, "Well, when you die you may go to the other world,
but when you perish you may not." To Mr. Boyden's question
"How do you know that the food you eat doesn't drop right
down into your stomach," Miss Brooks calmly replied, "Because
if it dropped right down, I'd hear it and feel it." Only once has
she seemed to hesitate, and that was when she learned of the
twenty- four hours of day-light a person may find at times at the
Arctic Circle. Her question came naturally enough. "Do the
people in the Arctic Circle have to go to bed then before it is
dark?" Miss Bertha Allen made her name famous by asking in
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reply to Mr. A. C. Boyden's question, "Why did the Pilgrims go
to Leyden?" "Why, weren't there some other people there?"
But it is in psychology that the Class of 1903 has made its
mark. Many wonderful things have we stated. For instance:-
"The primary part of the osseous system is the spinal column
composed of twenty-six vertebrates ; " "Sugar is sour," (twice
affirmed by Miss Dix) ; "The muscles by which the legs are
moved are in the lower leg." (Miss Cobb).
The hall of Fame has prominent places reserved for Misses
Bates, Hall, Gammons and Thompson, as these anecdotes will
demonstrate. Miss Bates remarked, "Some dogs do some bet-
ter things than some men do." "What do you mean by better
things?" asked Mr. Boyden. "I think they are more faithful,"
was the astonishing reply. On referring to the earth as it ex-
isted under the action of the three forces, gravitation, cohesion,
and chemical affinity, Mr. Boyden suggested that the earth
would have been a lonesome place to live in under the circum-
stances, but Miss Hall amended the statement by saying, "If
there had been one person there it would have been very lone-
One misunderstanding only has arisen. Our psychology
topics say: "Physical human nature has been acting from the
first, spontaneously, and of necessity, to build and maintain the
organism, and to preserve its identity through all the changes
of nature." Miss Thompson could not see that the identity
of the body was preserved until Mr. Boyden cleared matters.
Here is what happened: "You are Miss Thompson now?" "Yes"
"How long have you been Miss Thompson?" (Rather hesitat-
ingly) "Always." "Yes, how long do you expect to be Miss
Thompson?" (most emphatically) "Always." (Roars of laughter
from the class, consternation on Miss Thompson's part, and a
sudden change in Mr. Boyden's face as he said to us, "Evidently
you're thinking of something besides Miss Thompson.")
So the Senior class has gone on from day to day adding
new names to those already prominent in school history. Our
life here has been a very happy one — much sunshine, few clouds.
We have worked hard trying to fit ourselves for teachers in the
true sense of the word ; teachers of whom the school and the
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State will be proud. Now that we are so near the end of our
course we are sorry to have to leave our Alma Mater. Juniors,
it lies largely in your hands what the character of B. N. S. will
be next year. Make it a grand one, keep up the standard, and
always remember that the spirit of the Senior Class goes out to
you in the words, "God be with you till we meet again!"
Alden, Harriet Elizabeth
Allen, Bertha Inza
Allen, Sara Thomas
Boyle, Elizabeth Susanna
Boynton, Anna Lois East Pepperell
Brickett, Blanche Merrill Salem
Brightman, Carolyn Parker
Brooks, Mary Ella Brockton
Burns, Margarita Elizabeth Hingham
Byam, Henrietta F. E. Milford, N. H.
Chace, Josephine Fall River
Clarkson, Charlotte May Fall River
Cobb, Helena Porter Hull
Cronin, Anna Loretta East Weymouth
Delano, Nettie May Rockland
Dix, Lula Marion Somerville
Ferrer, Linna Maude Southbridge
Gammons, Ruth Mildred Bridgewater
Gibbons, Ellen Maria Hingham Center
Gilroy, Ella Louise Taunton
Galvin, Gertrude Helen Methuen
Godsell, Mary Quincy Point
Griswold, Kate Matilda Felchville, Vt.
Grover, Hattie Beatrice West Roxbury
Guigon, Caroline Hall Franklin
Hannan, Helen Marion
Kingston, Jamaica, W. I.
Hall, Ednah Snow Fall River
Holden, Mary Edna Westford
Holmes, Jane Standish Rockland
Hopkins, Florence Mitchell
Ilsley, Anna Laura Chelsea
Johnson, Gertrude Lenore Fall River
Kennedy, Ada Foster North Plymouth
Kiley, Ella Martha Somerville
Kimball, Elizabeth Oliver E. Walpole
Marshall, Margaret Jane Brockton
Mayhew, Vesta Whittier North Tisbury
McCool, Catherine Gertrude Brockton
McDonald, Mildred Flora N. Abington
Metcalf, Edith Lois Franklin
Murphy, Mary Agnes Norwood
Oleson, Mary Hall Warren
Phinney, Lucinda Estelle Cotuit
Rogers, Grace Ethelyn Westborough
Sanders, Bertha Elizabeth Lanesville
Scott, Edna Florence Somerville
Smith, Margaret Jane Taunton
Smith, Mima Whitman
Sykes, Mabel Lavinia Fall River
Tew, Alma Preston Taunton
Thompson, Josie Adelaide Hopkinton
Tillson, Blanche King South Carver
Wadleigh, Edith Carlisle N. Falmouth
Walker, Anhie Ethel Dighton
Class B. X904.
Joseph F. Gould, President
Eliza McTaggart, . . . . . Vice-President
Chester F. Miller, . . Secretary and Treasurer
Charles W. Walter, Historian
Class Colors — Crimson and Gold.
As the former historian had hoped, the class as a whole
returned, refreshed and eager for the new work and
Did I say play? Yes, play. Our class is some-
what noted for its achievements in that line.
We have five young men on the base-ball team, and as
many on the foot-ball team. I do not mean ten men in all, but
only six. Great would be the class at Normal in our day which
could boast of ten men as athletes.
Not only in the athletic line are our men famous but in the
dramatic profession also. Mr. Miller has achieved marked suc-
cess by his "Reading with expression" in the German class.
Not alone in the German class is his acting worthy of men-
tion ; for his part of five words in the play "Cross Purposes"
showed marked historic ability.
The young lady orphan who took physics may some day
become famous on account of her astronomical discoveries. She
attempted to have the lunatics (according to Mr. Jackson) see
an eclipse of the earth.
Some of the members are so anxious when called upon to
present or teach that they begin to speak while on their way to
the front of the class. This may be a sign of having studied
their lesson, or it may mean that they are trying to get a bad
thing finished as soon as possible.
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Dear class who are to follow in our footsteps, do not try to
find metals that are not present in the vials which Mr. Shaw will
give you in chemistry. Do not question Mr. Jackson in his ma-
thematics when he assigns five problems to four people, each
one to solve two ; because if you do you will be told that two
persons can solve the same problem.
The repeated trips of the Manager to Taunton indicate that
he is securing a large number of advertisements from firms of
that city. If this is not the reason pray tell us what it is.
We have been sorry to lose some of our members by their
entering the class of 1903. But although many has left us, let
what remain be the "Faithful nine" and uphold the reputation
of our glorious class.
While we are enjoying the coming vacation let us not for-
get that we are to return in the fall in condition to finish our
preparation for the noble work of teaching.
Gould, Joseph Francis Rockland
Handy, Anson Burgess Cataumet
Hapgood, Arthur Williams Uxbridge
McDonnell, John Martin Rockland
Miller, Chester Frederic Bridgewater
Walter, Charles Wesley
Blake, Emily Stetson
Hayward, Lucy Everett
McTaggart, Eliza Agnes
C. Francis Aherne, President
Laura B. Tolman, Vice-President
Gertrude E. Raymond, Secretary
Lillian M. Kirmayer, Treasurer
Thomas E. Freeman, Historian
OR a second year our class has gathered to continue
the noble work which it began last year. This
time we are called Class C, while last year we were
Class D. We seem to be repeating the alphabet
backwards, but nevertheless we are going forward
even if our class title from year to year does not show it. Class
C is not so large as some of the other classes, nevertheless the
rest of the school can C us if they look hard.
We are sorry to say that three or four of our number are
not with us now, but our thoughts turn to them often, and we
recall the happy time we had last year. Our former mates do
not forget us either, but frequently visit us.
Our class is composed of three and four year scholars, so that
in many of our studies we are separated ; but we are together
in some, and happy in that fact. For instance, we all come to
Room 1 8 to learn how to talk correctly, and also to learn the
art of prose writing. None of us have had any remarkable
success, as yet, with one exception ; one of our sisters, Miss
J son, got the courage to tell us how she went fishing for
star-fish one night in her dreams. She did it well, and I have
no doubt Mr. A. C. Boyden would be pleased to hear about it.
But the rest of us have as high hopes, and our courage is good.
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After the hard work we did in Technical Grammar last fall, you
can imagine the surprise of the scholars who heard this remark
from a young man in Class D, ''I ain't going to do nothing for
nobody that never done nothing for me." Of course we pity
him, but he will learn better before he has finished his course.
We have derived great pleasure and profit from our interest-
ing discussions in Room n. Here we have been reading about
the pedagogical views of the ancient Romans, but we have
found these views quite modern. We also have found that
" Reproduction " is the back-bone of our study, but it has taken
a long time to beat that fact through our craniums. We were
induced to "come along" very often, the penalty being that we
should have to go up one flight if we didn't.
The patriotic spirit of our class members is manifested
when the commercial or industrial relations of the U. S. are
compared with those of other nations in the Geography class.
The U. S. is invariably in the lead, even if the facts show that
she must take inferior rank. They cannot bear to see her any-
where but in the first place.
To break the monotony of our studies, we played our part
well in the Section Valentine Party given on Valentine's Eve.
We enjoyed a very happy evening and had much fun over some
of the comic valentines brought in by the Sections. We have
had one or two class meetings, and have chosen the state seal
as the model for our class pins. We have also taken two or
three pleasant Geology trips around the town of Bridgewater,
and are prepared to tell anything about Sprague's Hill or the
The class, as a whole, is learning to take a broad and opti-
mistic view of things, and great progress is being made along all
lines of study. It seems wrong to some of our number, though,
to have to go into Room R, and forge checks on the National
Banks of our beloved country. But we have the greatest trust
that our instructor in that important subject knows his busi-
ness, and that we shall come out all right.
Many more pleasing incidents of the past year could be re-
lated, but we will let the school judge us from what has already
been said. So trusting that each of our number will have a
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pleasant vacation and will get well rested for next year's work,
we bid one another and the school a happy adieu.
Aherne, Cornelius FrancisN. Abington
Freeman, Thomas Eli Bridgewater
Mahoney, David Rockland
Sadler, Edward T. N. New Bedford
Donovan, Annie Louise Rockland
Hadley, Mary Elizabeth
Goffstown, N. H.
Hayes, Mary Anne Bridgewater
Hersey, lone Thurston Medford
Jameson, Mildred Louise Brockton
Shaw, Phoebe Ethelle
Tolman, Laura Bird
Blair, Fanny Goucher
Cheves, Annie Dryden
Estes, Florence Vining
Kimball, Mary Lee
Kirmayer, Lillian Marie Bridgewater
Lynch, Catherine Florentine Brockton
Raymond, Gertrude Eleanor Whitman
Saunders, Una Lanesville
Shipman, Julia Mary Boston
Crowley, Anna Clare Abington
Finley, Lois Horton Randolph
Home, Alta May Wolfborough, N. H.
Howes, Bessie Crowell Woods Hole
Hume, Viola Waters N. Stoughton
Maguire, Ella J. R. Hingham Center
Mason, Ethel Blanche Maynard
McCarthy, Emma Frances
Moran, Gertrude Lillian
Stuart, Ina Belle Fall River
Frederick J. O'Brien,
Nellie E. Carroll,
Clara M. Shaw,
Michael A. Hooley,
John E. Keefe,
JOW heavy this suit case is ! I wish I were there !"
These and other similar exclamations were made
last June and September by fine specimens of
young manhood and womanhood. If you inquire
who they are, you will learn that they are Class D
of the Bridgewater Normal School.
Let us look more closely and more attentively at them. See
them making records in all branches of their work. In Psychol-
ogy for instance, Mr. Boyden learns from Mr. O'D-n-e-1 that ten
times ten is a thousand. This statement is warmly seconded by
Mr. Br - - n.
Wise indeed are our prophets who foretold what would hap-
pen when Miss F- -ch poured water into a tube open at both ends.
In this same Physics room we learn those wonderful things which
we thought we knew but of which we find to our sorrow we are
woefully ignorant. The young men wonder why the young
ladies know so much about "images in plane mirrors."
Go on a little farther and the room of "phlogiston" appears
lighted up by the bright and cheerful faces of Class D. Mr.
H-l-y will tell you that "platinum is a dirty black-white substance
which floats in water, anyway it is three times as heavy as iron."
In this room we are drilled in "inductive and deductive reason-
ing" until we doubt whether we know anything of Chem-
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If you have the time and can conveniently come into the
French class you will hear things that Corneille, Dumas, and
others should have written, but which they never did write.
Corneille is not known to have said that he hung himself upon
a fair maiden's lips, and yet one of Class D has said it.
Upon the athletic field, Class D has won praise, for it has
furnished four men to the foot-ball team and three to the base-
ball team. The girls have also won praise as basket-ball
Let us try still harder to add to the success which we have
already acquired by faithfully sympathizing with our dear com-
panions, the teachers. We call them companions, for what else
are they but companions, since they are with us in spirit all the
May Class D go further in their search for knowledge, and
so develop that when we have finished, dear old "Normal" may
say "well done."
Hooley, Michael Aloysius
Keefe, John Edward, Jr.
King, Theodore Williams
O'Brien, Frederick James
O'Donnel, Frank Joseph
Stevens. George William
Carroll, Ellen Elizabeth E.
Farnum, Clara Lillian
Fotch, Emma Margaret South Boston
McAlister, Alice Josephine Bradford
Padelford, Ruth Russell Taunton
Perry, Estella Alicia Winchester
Sanborn, Grace Eugenie N. Middleboro
Shaw, Clara Merton Bridgewater
Coveney, Annie Maria Somerville
Arthur T. French, .....
Harriet L. Abbott, ....
Marion L. Hawes,
Mildred H. Tavender, ....
Mary Patterson, .....
Class Colors — Red and Gold.
|S we Juniors look back over our first year of Nor-
mal School life, our thought naturally wanders to
the day that we entered these halls of learning, the
first day that we came together as classmates. How
new and strange it all seemed, this Normal School
with its new ways and unfamiliar faces! In all this strangeness,
however, we recognized a friendly spirit prevailing, and, owing
to the older students and teachers soon felt ourselves at home.
Looking around on the members of our class an observer
will note the fact that, for a co-educational school, the number
of young men is unusually small. But we feel in a measure
consoled to think that other classes are no better off than ours,
and that things might have been worse.
One of the things to which we looked forward with anxiety
was general exercises. These interesting exercises were omit-
ted the first four weeks, and when they did become a part of
the daily program we found that many of the questions were
addressed to the older members of the school.
The difficulties that music at first presented to us will never
be known except by those who have experienced and conquered
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them. To those of us not gifted with melodious voices the
"Sight Singing Series" was especially trying. It takes skill
to sing four measures and to remember all the different points
that go to make up a correct singing exercise. If we have
showed a little undue mirth at some surprisingly sudden rais-
ing or lowering of pitch, we beg that these sins may not be
counted against us.
We have devoted ourselves to the science of chemistry in
order to find some new truth to give to the world. That we have
not wholly failed is proved by a statement of one of the young
ladies who said, that the public in general should avoid the use
of lemonade as it is often made of sulphuric acid mixed with
Besides many other valuable qualities that we have gained,
we have developed an amazingly large amount of sympathy for
others, during our course in drawing. Congratulation and com-
miseration have been freely expressed over the excellencies or
deficiencies of our friends. If we look at our portfolios in later
years we shall see what it means to perservere and finally con-
But our Junior life has not been all trials and tribulations.
What with athletics and social function our life has been happy
here, and each one is looking expectautly forward to the new
year. Just "hitch your wagon to a star," Juniors.
Bagley, Anna Marion Haverhill
Collins, Alice Eloise Lawrence
Croft, Joanna Dow Enosburg Falls, Vt.
Megley, Kathryn Mary Holbrook
Parker, Leila May Springfield
Smith, Gertrude Emma
Carter, Clarence Henry Cochituate
French, Arthur Tapley Roxbury
Graham, John Henry East Boston
Perry, Harold Edgar Chelsea
Abbot, Harriet Lincoln Andover
Alexander, Grace Abbott Hyde Park
Allen, Bessie Bradford
Turner Village, Me.
Baker, Lillian A. Milton
Batchelder, Helen Frances Everett
Beal, Helen Reed Abington
Beaudry, Elizabeth Bertha Reading
Belcher, Florence Alma Holbrook
Bemis, Bertha May Spencer
Benner, Adelaide Medford
Boyle, Katharine Agnes Taunton
Brackett, Maude Ellsworth Brockton
Brooks, Mattie Haverhill
Campbell, Flora Washburne
Carter, Ethelyn Eastman Somerville
Chase, Edith Wallingford, Conn.
Clark, Elizabeth Roberts N. Hadley
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Clark, Winnie Angeline Stoughton
Daley, Margaret Theresa Fall River
Damon, Clara Louise Marshfield
Davis, Florence Joyce Taunton
Devine, Fannie Marie Randolph
Downey, Elizabeth Agnes New Bedford
Downing, Lillie Hale Medford
Doyle, Margaret Elizabeth Chelsea
Fenton, Agnes Mable Bridgewater
Fitzgerald, Helen Josephine Taunton
Gay, Phyllis Elizabeth Groton
Gillen, Agnes Florence Andover
Gilmartin, Mary Alice New Bedford
Guild, Edith P'rances Mansfield
Hawes, Bertha Delphine Stoughton
Hawes, Marion Louise Waltham
Hodge, Ethel Louise Holbrook
Howe, Alice Eva Brockton
Hunt, Lora Monroe Bridgewater
Hunt, Mary Litchfield Bridgewater
Johnson, Alice Nana Watertown
Jones, Eunice Adelaide Somerville
Jones, Stella Marie Holbrook
Joss, Alice Forbes Quincy
Keith, Bethia Stetson Myricksville
Kemp, Avis Mildred Manchester, N. H.
Kendrick, Edythe Crosby Dorchester
Kenney, Gertrude Agatha Medway
Lane, Elizabeth Mary Weymouth
Lane, Alice Bosweli Rockland
Libby, Lena Burbank Scarborough, Me.
Lucas, Zelma Butler Plymouth
Luce, Donna Etta Brockton
McCarthy, Margaret Frances Walpole
Mclntyre, Catherine Marea Brockton
McLaughlin, Laurinda Mansfield
McManama, Agnes Louise Waltham
McManama, Sarah Cecelia Waltham
Merrill, Edna Lena Manchester, N. H.
Morrissey, Alice Virginia Milton
O'Connell, Frances Marguerite Canton
Packard, Mildred Campello
Patterson, Mary Webber Wollaston
Poole, Marian Charlestown
Preston, Mary Louise Springfield
Reynolds, Alice Louise Randolph
Ronaldson, Ethel Ann Springfield
Shaw, Sarah Murdock Middlebofo
Sweetzer, Edith Pearl Melrose
Tarleton, Florence Evangeline
Concord, N. H.
Tavender, Mildred Harriet Atlantic
Taylor, Ethel Louise Medford
Turner, Charlotte Louisa Campello
Vaughan, Bertha Florence Carver
Waldron, Bertha Elizabeth Taunton
Warren, Helen Margaret South Acton
Warren, Ivanetta M. Ashland
Webster, Florence Dyer Waltham
Westcott, Anna White Rock, Me.
Wilcox, Mary Isabelle Newport, N. H.
Wilson, Mabelle Almira Springfield
Winans, Edna Avis Springfield
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Grace T. Smith,
Janet M. MacDonald,
Effie A. Keith,
Alta M. Reed,
HE 15th of September 1903 found eighteen mem-
bers of the gentler sex, from various parts of New
England, gathered at the Bridgewater Normal
School for the "Special" purpose of further instruc-
tion in the ways and means of encouraging youth-
ful minds to choose the higher good.
Most of us reside in Woodward Hall This has been called
"the home for disappointed females," but a few are questioning
whether the title applies this year.
Since work was very plentiful and our chief recreation was
reading "Davidson," we had little time for social life and be-
came quite conservative, having only two socials and those in
So many of our class were fond of athletics that we soon
formed a basket ball team ; work (?) prevented us from playing
a single game together, and the departure of our captain ban-
ished the last shadow of our hope of attaining the cup at the
During the first twenty weeks, we spent much of our time
in No. 17 ; There we all felt, through onr principal's inspiring
influence how great a work the teacher's work is. The com-
parison of the strivings of the "Specials" to the pouring of a
quart of coffee into a pint pot was rather startling, though not
discouraging, for we all knew that the homely phrase was cor-
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During our study of mineralogy and geology, we were taken
on several pleasant walks, and hunted, in vain, for rocks not to
be found for miles around.
Nature study we found very interesting and often amusing,
and we are confident that we can name anything from the eye-
spot of a scollop or the ear of a clam, to a purple finch.
In history, while a few have remained on the verge of ,
on account of the question box, the majority have fallen in and
may now be seen moving hopelessly about in the deep abyss.
Gentlemen have generally been in the minority in the Spe-
cial class and ours was no exception. In fact the one gentle-
man of the class stayed only a few weeks, but we have, as a
compensation the distiuction of having a bright and wide awake
boy as a mascot.
The beginning of the second term found our class smaller
in number by six. They had folded their tents like the Arabs
and as silently stolen away. However we trust that we make
up in quality what we lack in quantity !
Our two college graduates, and the one member who has
traveled abroad, have never tried to impress us, who are less
fortunate, with their superior wisdom. Five of our number are
ex-principals. Three are pressing on to the heights of fame in
No. 24. A far famed singer and whistler, an energetic conver-
sationalist, and a favorite whose ringing voice has penetrated
to the farthest corner of Woodward, complete the class, with
the exception of the writer.
Before closing this, our brief class history, it seems that a
word of gratiful appreciation, is not amiss, for the invigorating,
thoughtful, aid given us by the teachers, —
"Not for school but for life."
Keith, Effie Almira Bridgewater
Smith, Grace Trowbridge Longmeadow
Eustis, (Mrs.) Mary Florence
Reed, Alta M. West Roxbury
Williams, Carolyn Elizabeth Hudson
Bean, Gorda Nana Boston
Crowell, Persis Addy Woods Hole
Gilbert, Jennie Sampson Southbridge
Learned, Fanny He) wood Fall River
MacDonald, Mary Jeannette Boston
Morss, Louise Knoll Bradford
Newman, Ada Elizabeth Newburyport
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My school year has passed very happily among forty-two
(at one time forty-eight) lively and interesting 7th Grade chil-
dren in the Adams School, Quincy, Mass.
Elsie E. Turner, Sec. B, '02.
For three years I have been teaching the 7th Grade in the
Highland School, Revere. I find the work more interesting
from year to year. Ida M. Mann.
I am teaching in Andover, Mass.
Louise V. Bowker, '01.
I am Professor of Latin in the Pittsburg, (Pa.) Academy,
numbering some 550 pupils, where I have been the past two
years. I am also a member of the Pedagogical Section of the
Pittsburg Academy of Science and Art. A. H. Grant.
I am situated as Principal of the Abington High School.
A. L. Gould, '00.
I am teaching 1st and 2nd Grades at Plainville, Mass. I
have a pleasant school and enjoy my work very much.
A. G. Morse.
I am teaching in Wayland, Mass., Grades VI and VII, and
I enjoy, most of all, music which I have in all the grades except
the Primary. Alma Sworer, 02.
The 7th Grade in the Craucle School, Quincy, happened to
be my fate this year and a very pleasant fate it is too. I have
thirty-seven pupils at present. Cora May Hutchinson, '02.
I have a very pleasant situation as Assistant in the Pine
St. Primary School in Taunton. It is pleasant to be at home.
Alice S. Dean.
I am teaching in Bourne, Mass., the first five Grades,
thirty-eight children. Harriet M. Bloomfield, '02.
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I find Rhode Island youth quite acquiescent under the ex-
cise of Bridgewater methods, and I cannot speak too highly of
the special course which it was my privilege to enjoy last year.
I am situated as Principal of the new Harrisville, R. I. Grammar
School with seven assistant teachers.
C. Ralph Taylor, Special, '02.
I am situated pleasantly in the 6th Grade of the Quincy
School, Atlantic. Mr. Sampson, the Principal, is also a grad-
uate of Bridgewater. Amalie Knobel, '02.
On June 1, 1902 I was married to Mr. Charles H. Mosher
of New Bedford and have not taught since. Previous to that
time I was Principal of the Rockdale School, New Bedford.
Addie (French) Mosher.
At present I am teaching in the Groton Grammar School
and enjoy the work very much. Mabel H. Ellis.
I am teaching a 4th Grade of forty-nine children of all na-
tionalities in Fall River. I shall never forget the happy days at
Normal. Margaret E. Ferguson, '00.
Since graduating I have taught the 2nd and 3rd Grades in
the Rogers School, Gloucester. My children are bright, active
and fond of getting into mischief. Gertrude F. Broad, '99.
I am teaching the first three grades in Cotuit under Mr.
Armstrong as Principal. I enjoy the work and would advise
everyone not to refuse to have anything to do with "the Cape."
Mabel B. Estes.
I am teaching 1st Grade in the Burbank School in Millbury.
I have almost forty children in the school. Am enjoying the
work more than ever before. Mabel A. Sawyer, '00.
This year I am teaching in the Marlboro School in George-
town, Mass. I have the first six Grades. Susie W. Merritt.
I am pleasantly situated as Principal of Grammar School,
Osterville, Mass., teaching Grades 7, 8 and 9.
Edwin A. Damon, '02.
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I am pleasantly situated in West wood, Mass., as Principal
of the Grammar School. Ross Vardon, 'oo.
I am teaching the ist and 2nd Grades in Mansfield. Have
a pleasant School of about forty-five pupils.
Mabel Darrah, '02.
I am spending a very pleasant year in Readsboro, Vt., teach-
ing the 1st and 2nd grades. I have forty pupils enrolled.
Ellen C. Sweeney.
This is my second pleasant year in the Westmoreland
Grammar and High School. G. B. W. Lovell.
I am getting the much desired "experience" in a country
school at Monument Beach and enjoy it.
Lucy Chase Cole, '02.
I am teaching the 3rd and 4th Grades in the Providence
St. building, Millbury, Mass. and enjoy my work very much.
Harriet M. Sullivan.
At present I am teaching a ist Primary Grade in Milford,
Mass. I enjoy the work very much. May McCool.
I am Principal of the Readsboro Graded Schools in a four-
room building and teach the 7th, 8th and 9th Grades.
Herbert H. Howes, '02.
Another year has passed very pleasantly with my forty
4th Grade children in the Norwood Ave. School, Edgewood,
R. I. Alice C. Gifford, '01.
I am experiencing the "ups" and "downs" of a teacher's
life in the 2nd Grade in the Perkins School, Brockton.
Alice S. Kerry.
As last year, I am busy as reader in the department of
Biblical Literature and Comparative Religion in Smith College.
Helen Bruce Story.
I have a class of fifty children, Grades 3 and 5 in the Da-
mon School, Hyde Park, Mass. Charlotte F, Wilbur.
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I am teaching this year in the Centre Grammar School,
Grades V — IX inclusive, of Rochester, Mass. The work has
been enjoyed although there were discouraging moments at
first. Nahum Leonard, '02.
I am teaching the 1st and 2nd Grades in West Upton,
Mass. I have a nice little school of thirty pupiis and am thor-
oughly enjoying the work. Lillian G. Hunter.
I am teaching a 2nd Grade in Webster, Mass.
Isabel E. Hathaway.
I am teaching at the Unionville school in Franklin.
Clara E. Nixon, '07.
I am teaching the 5th and 6th Grades at home, Sandwich,
Mass. Mary A. Howland.
I am teaching a 3rd Grade in the East Union St. School,
and each year feel happier to be a school teacher and count my
name among the alumni of the B. N. S.
Jennie A. Tarbox, '99.
I have this year occupied the position of Professor of
Science and French in the South Jersey Institute, a large, co-
educational school in Bridgeton, N. J. Keeping a set of healthy,
vigorous boys in order in the halls at night makes me sympa-
thize with Mr. Bradford. Reuben F. Wells, Special '02.
At present I am teaching a primary school in South Rayn-
ham. I have the first three grades, forty pupils, mostly for-
eigners. Cora W. Luther.
Florence Jones and Irma True, '02, are teaching in the
It is my good fortune to be out among the Berkshire Hills
in the town of Stockbridge. I have an interesting school of
the three highest grades, and the duty of principal of two
other rooms. Louis DeT. Cook, '02.
Still studying Nature and human nature in Edgewood, R. I.
Sarah T. Wilson, '00.
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I have been teaching the 3rd department of the Interme-
diate school, St. Andrews, N. B., and enjoy the work very much.
Annie T. Richardson, '99.
I have charge of one of the most interesting schools in Fall
River. I love my work and am grateful for the benefits of the
B. N. S. B. M. Damon.
I am teaching Grades 7 and 8, West Newbury, Mass.
Alice C. Sargent, 'oo.
My first year of teaching finds me pleasantly situated at
Cotuit on " The Cape," assisted by two alumni, Miss Mabel B.
Estes, '02, and Miss Lillian Arey, '85.
J. Harding Armstrong, '02.
Zhe Bormal ©fferfna.
Joseph F. Gould, Class B. Editor-in-chief
Arthur W. Hapgood, Class B., . . Business Manager
Anson B. Handy, Class B., . Assistant Business Manager
Robert E. Pellissier, Class A., Florence A. Baker, Class B.
Frank J. O'Donnell, Class D., Raida Osborne, Class C.
Nettie M. Delano, Seniors. Elizabeth B. Beaudry, Juniors.
Hattie B. Grover, Seniors. Zelma B. Lucas, Juniors.
Edna F. Scott, Seniors. Ivanetta M. Warren, Juniors.
Louise K. Morss, Specials.
Joseph F. Gould. Annie Cheves.
Amy Lawrence. Mary Preston.
TlHE CLASSES of the Bridgewater Normal School
I have made an addition to its history during the
years 1902-3. The illustration and summary of the
different events of the year constitutes what is
known as the Normal Offering.
The Offering does not begin with the present year but has
a record dating as far back as 1844. The gradual but steady
increase in its success since then can be found in its annals.
The object here is to set forth briefly its purpose, namely, — to
establish a unity of the fight feeling, spirit, and love towards
that institution which has done so much to train us in the right
ways of living and of teaching others how to live.
Each class, society, and association here finds its represen-
tation in such a form as may be preserved and reread years
the normal offering 51
hence. Thatits value is realized is shown by the demand for
the Offering, made by the graduate members of the school.
Therefore, we not only hope, but we know, that the desired
unity which has appeared and been strengthened through for-
mer years is yet alive and is this year prevalent between the
pupils, graduates and teachers.
Let the Normal Offering add another firm link in the work
so well begun.
Bribaewater IRormal association.
John I. Rackliff, Campello.
Walter S. Goodnough, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Edward W. Schuerch, Jamaica Plain.
Lyman R. Allen, North Adams.
Abby P. Churchill, Fitchburg.
Katharine W. Cushing, East Boston.
L. Eveline Merritt, Bridgewater.
Charles P. $innott, Bridgewater.
| WO MEETINGS of the Bridgewater Normal Asso-
ciation have been held since the Offering last ap-
peared. The first was the regular Biennial on
Saturday, June 14, 1902, when about two hundred
were welcomed at the school home in Bridgewater.
On this occasion, Rev. Charles G. Ames, D. D., pastor of
the Church of the Disciples, Boston, gave a most inspiring ad-
dress. He began with this quotation from Goethe, "The spirit
in which we act is the highest matter," and explained the truth
of the statement in daily life. He showed how all works react
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upon the worker, as continual courtesy reacts upon others.
Working for wages is degrading ; the grandeur of the work
should be its own reward. This is a question of motive. He
spoke of the position of the teacher, and clearly proved that
humanity counts for more in the best teachers than mere equip-
ment. Method and mechanism are means only to an end. The
qualities which are most essential in the teacher are life, vitality,
The regular business meeting followed the address. After
this, the usual procession marched to the town hall where
luncheon was served and speeches enjoyed.
At the midwinter Biennial at Hotel Brunswick, Saturday,
March 14, 1903, one hundred and fifty enjoyed the social hour
and banquet. In Mr. Boyden's address of welcome, he vividly
pictured the position and work of the Normal schools of the pres-
ent day. Miss Caroline Hazard, President of Wellesley College,
and several members of the Committee on Education from the
General Court gave short speeches. The Lincoln Quartette
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£be IRormal <Biut>*
C. P. SlNNOTT,
Annie D. Cheves,
Blanche M. Brickett,
H. Forest Wilson,
Robert E. Pellissier,
Miss M. A. Emerson, Chairman.
Elizabeth O. Kimball.
Anson B. Handy.
Miss Home (ex officio).
Ethel Boyden, Chairman.
Fanny H. Learned.
Amy W. Lawrence, Chairman.
Charles W. Walter. Bertha C. Beaudry.
|HE PAST year has been one of the most prosperous
the Club has ever had. The reports show a very
large membership and a considerable surplus in the
treasury. We have the committees and officers to
thank for their great interest and enthusiasm in
securing such splendid talent as we have heard this winter. We
hope the following year may be as enjoyable.
The Secretary's report on the entertainments is as
October 3, 1902. The officers of the Club were most cor-
dially received by the members in the Reception Room of Nor-
mal Hall. During the evening the club was entertained by a
•beautiful piano solo played by Miss Cheves and a slumber song
sung by Miss Brickett. There were many of the former gradu-
ates present, and the evening was a great success. Refresh-
ments were served.
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November 3, 1902. The first of a fine course of dramatic
recitals was held in Assembly Hall. This was a recital of
"Richelieu" by Dean Southwick of Boston. The large audi-
ence present were completely fascinated with the play. Rich-
elieu with all his wonderful personality, his strength, his wili-
ness, was directly before all eyes, and will never be forgotten.
December 5, 1902. The club was not at all disappointed
by this second recital in the course, given by Walter B. Tripp
on "Henry IV (Part I)". The funny character of the play, Sir
John Falstaff was extremely interesting and very laughable.
Prof. Tripp gave us a treat not often had, even here.
January 9, 1903. This evening there was a very delight-
ful program given by Mrs. Grace Bonner Williams, Soprano,
and Mr. Louis Walker, Tenor. Owing to illness Mr. Ricketson,
who was engaged to come, was unable to be present, but Mr.
Walker succeeded in filling his place. The soli and duets of
Mrs. Williams and Mr. Walker were greatly enjoyed by the club.
January 23, 1903. A very bright and interesting evening
was given by Charles T. Grilley, a noted humorist from Boston.
The audience, which was very large, thoroughly appreciated the
quaint touches of both fun and pathos which Mr. Grilley so well
conbined. He not only recited, but he amused the club by
singing an amusing parody on "Lochinvar" in the most vivid
February 6, 1903. Mrs. Jessie Eldridge Southwick from
the Emerson School of Oratory was with us, and recited por-
tions from Goethe's "Faust". She gave us a vivid picture
of the characters, and of the events leading up to the final trag-
edy. A large number were present.
February 21, 1903. The club was most acceptably enter-
tained by the concert given by the Currier Trio, consisting of
Miss Ekman, piano ; Mr. Frank Currier, violin ; and Mr. Ber-
tram Currier, violincello. All the numbers that were rendered
were pleasing, but the violin soli seemed particularly en-
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March 13, 1903. This evening the Club was greatly de-
lighted by the introduction of a new sort of entertainment,
called "An Evening of Days." Each important day in the year
was represented by an effective tableau, which the observers
were asked to guess. Following this part of the program, re-
freshments were served.
April 24, 1903. This date marked the completion of the
series of recitals which have been so much enjoyed the past
winter. Mr. Albert Armstrong recited portions from "The
Bonnie Brier Bush," which were illustrated by the stereopticon.
The views of Scottish scenery were wonderful and added greatly
to the interest in the story. A very large number were present.
Literary, May 22, 1903. The older students of the
school gave a very humorous play, "'Cross Purposes," under the
direction and training of Miss Home. The plot was an enter-
taining one in which the hero, finding himself in debt, rents his
father's summer home causing endless trouble. The char-
acters were well chosen and very appropriately costumed. The
cast was as follows :
Mr. DeBenham, Mr. Handy.
Gus DeBenham, Mr. Northcott.
Alice DeBenham, Miss Ferrer.
Mr. Graham, Mr. Wilson.
Mrs. Graham, Miss Lucie Reed.
Julia Graham, Miss Brickett.
Clem Bancroft, Mr. Walter.
Mrs. Mayo, Miss Elizabeth Kimball.
Kit, Mr. Sadler.
James, Mr. Miller.
Social, May 29, 1903. The annual meeting of the Nor-
mal Club was held at this time in the Reception Room and a
very pleasant social evening was enjoyed. The reports of the
officers and committees were read and the new officers were
elected. The rest of the evening was under the direction of
the Social Committee, who made it very amusing and entertain
ing for the members. Ice cream was served.
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Very soon after the opening of school in September, the
Juniors held their reception to get acquainted with the Faculty
and with one another. An entertainment in the form of a
guessing contest, concerning fishes, brought forth fish stories
from Mr. A. G. Boyden, Mr. Kirmayer, Mr. A. C. Boyden,
Miss Prince, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Sinnott. Music and tableaux
were also provided by talent selected from the Juniors.
An entertainment under the direction of Miss Home was
given in the reception room on the Thursday night before the
Christmas vacation. The room was appropriately decorated for
tableaux representing scenes from Dickens' " Christmas Carol."
Readings by Miss Turner and Miss Reed, a vocal solo by
Miss Learned, and a piano solo by Miss Cheves greatly added to
the enjoyment of the evening. Just before the close, artistic
souvenirs were distributed by Santa Claus impersonated by Mr.
Social of the Jfiour 2/ear Classes.
A Valentine Social, February thirteenth, provided a
merry evening for the three and four year classes and the Fac-
A series of original comic valentines, which caused much
laughter and speculation as to authorship, was exhibited early
in the evening. Each valentine had been drawn and composed
by a guest on the subject "Myself," and personal peculiarities
were not spared.
Later, the "Heart Fortune Teller" revealed the future
to all who dared pry into Fate. The truth of this oracle was
rather doubted, however, after the prediction of " Spinster For-
ever" for both Mr. A. G. Boyden and Mr. A. C. Boyden.
A short entertainment during the evening included a piano
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solo by Miss Cheves, two songs by Miss Kirmayer, and a most
entertaining story read by Miss Home.
As a souvenir each guest was presented with a tiny valen-
Jiappa z)e/ta *Phi initiations,
Monday evening, Sept. 29th, Mr. N — c-t's friends, at his
table, noticed something very strange in his behavior. Upon
investigation, John's coat sleeves and trousers were found to be
turned up. A quick explanation was demanded, but although
such quotations, as, "Raining in London?" were hurled at
him, John kept his mouth sealed for an hour. After eating his
supper in agony — for this youth's food does not digest well
without talking — he repaired to the reception room. Here he
strolled around with a picture of a skull and cross bones on one
sleeve, while on the other the explanation for his peculiar actions
was made known by a sheet of paper with Kappa Delta Phi
written on it. At the end of his hour's silence he said, " Now
I can open my mouth."
It was quite a surprise to everyone on the following night
to find El — i — e in the alcove in the reception room. Indeed
it took close investigation to recognize the familiar face of
" Bert." He was dressed as an old lady with an apron and
bonnet on. His work, in which he took great interest and at
which he seemed to be no novice, consisted of darning stock-
ings. When he had finished darning, he talked about the method
the boys have of mending stockings, much to the delight of the
girls who questioned him very closely.
Friday evening Mr. McD - n — 1 and Mr. G - u - d ap-
peared at the entrance of the reception room giving welcome
to all who came to the Normal Club. This might have been
easy if they had been properly dressed, but they had their clothes
turned around and wore tall hats. If you did not know them
you would have taken them for foreigners advertising some new
kind of dress. After the reception had begun they were allowed
to change their clothes, much to their relief.
Saturday afternoon everyone came out to see "Ikey" do
his "stunt." Mr. S-d-er was dressed in a very odd, but charm-
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ing, costume of blue, which seemed to catch everybody's eye.
" Ikey " got out of the third story window in West Wing and
standing on the window ledge gave his favorite " Parrott Song."
At the close of this he spoke upon " The Advantages and Dis-
advantages of the. Fire Escape." He was last seen that day
going through an open window in a moist condition.
Convention at J^ingham.
October 31. The school closed for the day and many of
the members went to Hingham to attend their first teachers'
The addresses in the morning were very interesting and
helpful, as the speakers told us what the teacher should expect
of the public, and in return, what the public should expect of
the teacher. These two sides were ably given by Prin. Chapin
of the Providence Normal School, and Hon. A. E. Roe of Wor-
In the afternoon we listened to addresses by two represen-
tee men of our country, Prof. Russell of Columbia and our be-
loved statesman, Hon. John D. Long.
After such a treat, the school returned, helped and in
spired by learning what great men think of the noble work of
5 1 cret
5oci et ies.
jtfappa jDelta ZPhi.
THE Kappa Delta Phi has once more passed a successful
year. This year has been the test year, for all the char-
ter members were graduated in June, leaving the fraternity in
the hands of the new members. As the past year has been so
prosperous, we all feel that the fraternity has passed its infant
days and is firmly established.
The business year commenced early and the initiations were
of a very interesting nature. The new members have shown
the true spirit and we all feel that the hope of the organizers
has been realized.
We have had a very sad experience this year in the loss, by
death, of one of our members, Mr. William F. C. Edwards. His
death in such a violent manner cast a shadow of gloom over us
all. This is the first break in our membership.
H. Forrest Wilson, '03
H. Gammons, 'oi
N. Leonard, '02
Wm. G. Vinal, '03
Arthur W. Hapgood, '04
Anson B. Handy, '04
Arthur W. Hapgood '04 chairman,
Alberto M. Eldridge, '03
Chester F. Miller, '04
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
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L. E. Maglathlin 'oo
H. P. Fitton 'oo
A. K. Lowe 'oo
W. R. Kramer 'oo
A. L. Gould 'oo
L. T. Morse, 'oo
H. M. Vaughan 'oo
J. A. Cushman 'oi
H. Gammons 'oi
C. Benson 'oi
E. L. Curran 'oi
M. A. Smith 'oi
E. L. Sinnott 'oi
C. P. Savery '02
W. E. Smith '02
S. W. Cushing '02
L. D. Cook '02
W. G. Howes '02
H. H. Howes '02
G. F. Hopkins '02
J. H. Armstrong '02
N. Leonard '02
R. E. Pellissier '03
M. D. Carroll '03
A. M. Eldridge '03
J. W. Northcott '03
A. B. Handy '04
A. W. Hapgood '04
H. F. Wilson '03
W. G. Vinal '03
C. F. Miller '04
C. W. Walter '04
J. F. Gould '04
J. M. McDonnell '04
E. T. N. Sadler '05
W. F. C. Edwards '02
One dark evening in January, a few courageous Juniors met
to discuss a momentous question. As a result of this dis-
cussion, a society was organized for the purpose of Lambda Phi.
To the uninitiated this object may seem rather mysterious, but
the members feel greatly encouraged with their success thus far,
and hope to acquire a greater degree of proficiency as the years
The whole energy of the club is not devoted to the study
of "contrasted harmony" or of fine "foot gear" as some of the
dignified Seniors may think, but rather to the accomplishments
of an aim worthy of respect. Time will answer all inquiries.
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TJhe Six Owls.
To the Normal Offering
We as "Six Owls" come ;
Tho' our number is not great,
Success we mark as our fate.
In the precincts of old Normal, you will see a club sedate,
Who from choice and reputation has been called the "jolly
eight ; "
Though their object first seems pleasure, they have greater
things in view.
For as teachers they will labor when their Normal work is
TJhe Uen Zrtns.
ONE night last October two dwellers of Tillinghast invited
seven friends to a social gathering. As all nine members
were sharp and in the habit of making a point in each remark,
they straightway formed a club and named it the "Nine Pins."
Later a new member was added, but as she was by no
means lacking in good qualities, they merely changed the num-
ber and name. Now they are known as the "Ten Pins."
jtflpha Samma Srhi,
THE Alpha Gamma Phi is a new society organized this year.
It is not to begin and end with the present members,
but to be continued each year. The charter members hope to
make the society of such worth that "Alpha Gamma Phi" will
mean much not only to its members, but to all Normals.
E. Bertha Beaudry, '04 Amy W. Lawrence, '03
Annie D. Cheves, '04 Mary L. Preston, '04
Mary L. Kimball, '04 Una Saunders, '04
Elizabeth R. Clark, '04 Gertrude Smith, '04
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ONE afternoon three fellows discovered that their birthdays
fell on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of May respectively.
This gave the idea of organizing into a club. So they hunted
West Wing and found only one, whose birthday fell on the 15th
of May. This was the last addition to a society "selected" from
the West Wing.
In future years, additions to the membership will be
granted to those who have a birthday on the nth or 16th of the
same month. This ensures "selection" in members, — hence
Robert E. Pellissier, May 12th.
Arthur W. Hapgood, May 1 3th
Joseph F. Gould, May 14th.
Anson B. Handy, May 15th.
%)elta Jtlpha *Uau.
it ~Aft USIC hath charms." That is what the poet says.
]_ \_ Three inhabitants of West Wing, thinking that they
had found these charms, formed the above society. Then
operas were given in "Symphony Hall." (Room 58). The jingle
of ducats for accompaniment by Alpha was harmoniously
mingled with selections by Maestro and Tau.
For further information address
Bill, the Director, Symphony Hall.
Office hours 9.30 — 10 P. M.
Anson B. Handy, '04,
John Graham, '04,
Robert E. Pellissier, '03, .
Arthur W. Hapgood, '04,
William D. Jackson, (Faculty),
Chester F. Miller, '04,
UNDER the supervision of the Athletic Association
the football and baseball teams have been led on
through another school year. The football team,
although some of its players were injured, put up
a grand fight and deserves great praise. Likewise
the baseball team has shown itself worthy of the name of the
school. A further discussion will be found under their respec-
The Association wishes to thank in this informal way, the
young ladies of the school for two things ; first, for the enthus-
iasm and interest which they have shown on South Field ; sec-
ond, for their financial support. Both of these have been great-
ly appreciated by the players and managers.
WAS expected the team which was put on to the
gridiron this season was the strongest which has
represented B. N. S. for a number of years.
Through the untiring efforts of Capt. Gould a
team was developed strong in every department of
the game. It was especially pleasing to note the great im-
provement in the defensive work of the team over that of last
We believe that this success is clue in a great measure to
the number of old and tried men on the team who remained to
enter the game this season and especially to the enthusiasm
with which all the members of the team came to daily practice.
At the beginning grave doubts were expressed as to the
strength of the back field from which our own star Pitts had re-
tired. But we were very fortunate in securing O'Brien, South
Boston High School, '02, to fill his place. His playing through-
out the season was brilliant at all times and to his enthusiasm
and diligent work on the practice field was due to a great ex-
tent the life and spirit which characterized the work of the
team during the season.
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For the first time in years Normal won from her old rival
Brockton High School by a score of 5 — o. In this game our
boys had no difficulty in gaining through their opponents line
at will and easily held for downs at every stage of the game.
Normal was prevented from making a much larger score by in-
juries to Walter and Handy which necessitated their retirement
from the game. These accidents proved to be very unfortu-
nate, as both men, who were playing a particularly strong game,
were kept out of play for the greater part of the season. Short-
ly, after Wilson had to retire on account of ill health.
The best played and most satisfactory game was that with
Boston Latin School. This team, which eventually won the in-
terscholastic championship of Massachusetts, was without doubt
the strongest preparatory school team in the state. The game
was warmly contested throughout, the score being 5 to o for
the greater part of the time, the Latin School only scoring the
winning touchdown within the last few minutes of play, and
this was undoubtedly due to the loss of Carroll who retired
Of the individual work of the team little need be said. All
the men showed good spirit and played their positions well.
Particularly brilliant work was done by Capt. Gould whose
fierce tackling was one of the pleasant features of every game.
Very effective team work was also brought out during the sea-
son. Miller played his usual steady game, and by his long end
runs covered much territory for Normal.
Great praise should be given to the new men, Hooley,
O'Donnell and Keefe for their untiring efforts in practice and
for the very effective way in which they substituted in the dif-
ferent positions. These men have shown that they are made of
the right stuff and great things are to be expected of them in
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Chester Miller, r. e.
M. Davitt Caroll, r. t.
William G. Vinal, r. g.
H. Forrest Wilson, c.
David Mahoney, 1. g.
Charles W. Walter, 1. t.
Anson B. Handy, 1. e.
Omer A. Freeman, 1. e.
Robert E. Pellissier, mg'r.
Alberto M. Eldridge,
Joseph F. Gould, (captain) q. b.
Frederick J. O'Brien, 1. h. b.
Arthur W. Hapgood, r. h. b.
Thomas E. Freeman, f. b.
Michael A. Hooley. r. t.
Frank J. O'Donnell, c.
John E. Keefe, q. b.
Harold E. Perry, c.
Normal 5, Brockton High o
Normal 11, Friends School $
Normal o, Boston Latin 5
English High (cancelled game)
Normal 6, Friends School o
Normal 18, Abington High o
Normal 12, Hingham 15
—Normal 52, Opponents 25.
|HE captain of this year's team had plenty of first
class material to pick from, and as a result Normal
was represented on the diamond by the strongest
team she has turned out for years. The season
opened April 18th, and the men soon demonstrated,
that as a team they were able to do all that their practice work
Captain Gould occupied the box, which he filled to perfec-
tion. His cool-headed work in tight places and his ability to
find a batter's weaknesses and remember them, many a time
kept the runs from piling up against Normal. His stick work
was also particularly strong.
Freeman, in his old position behind the bat, did good work.
Tom was unfortunate, however, in spraining his ankle in the
game with Friends School. This necessitated his remaining on
the bench for the balance of the season, his position being filled
by Walter and Handy.
It was not until after several games had been played that
the captain decided upon the man who should cover ist base.
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O'Brien won the position and his work there proved that he was
capable of filling it.
Carroll at 2nd base did excellent work. Normal will be
fortunate if she is able to get as good a man to fill the position
This is Keefe's first year with a fast team, but his work at
3rd base showed that he was quite capable of travelling with the
company he found himself in. Jack did some good work at the
Hooley at short-stop played good ball. He proved to be one
of the best base runners on the team, and the way he would
"play horse" with the basemen, when trying to steal bases, was
a source of great amusement for the spectators.
Handy played several different positions during the season,
doing praiseworthy work, and proving himself to be a most effi-
cient all-round player.
Center field was covered by McDonnell who played his cus-
tomary high standard game. The Normal team is not the only
one that recognizes McDonnell's ability to play ball.
Miller covered left field where he did the most brilliant
kind of work. Some of his catches certainly were phenomenal ;
and to see a ball go sailing towards left field was to know that
the batter was out.
The most interesting and exciting game of the year was the
one with Brockton ; while the best played game was the one
with Boston Latin School. It took only an hour and fifteen
minutes to play the latter.
The last two games of the season occur too late for publi-
cation, but a summary of the results of the others will be found
The management thanks the school and faculty for the gen-
erous manner with which they contributed to the support of the
team, and is especially grateful to Mr. A. C. Boyden for his
most interesting and instructive lecture on Evangeline's Land
which he gave for the support of the baseball team.
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Fall River High,
Ballou & Hobigand,
Whitman Y. M. C. A.
John H. GRAHAm, m'g'r.
Edward T. N. Sadler,
Joseph F. Gould, p. (captain)
M. Davitt Carroll, 2nd b.
John M. McDonnell, c. f.
Michael A. Hooley, s. s.
Frederick J. O'Brien, istb. -
John E. Keefe, 3rd b.
Chester F. Miller, 1. f.
Anson B. Handy, r. f. and c
Thomas E. Freeman, c.
Charles W. Walter, r. f. & c.
Frank J. O'Donnell, sub.
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BASKETBALL is to the
girls of the school what
football is to their brothers, a
game which calls for courage, in-
telligence, resource, and team
spirit. In tennis, golf, and cro-
quet each plays for herself ; but
in basketball, in order to have
a good strong team, there must
be the spirit of mutual assist-
ance, otherwise known as
"team spirit/' This spirit was
manifested in all the teams this
year, — in the Senior, Section,
and Junior team.
Many a junior walking
down the corridor looked long-
ingly at the silver cup and
thought how attractive these
words would look engraved
thereon, "Juniors 1004. "Fate
decreed it otherwise, for this is
the inscription which will be
handed down, "Seniors 1903."
This year there was a change in the method of counting,
the greatest number of points winning the cup instead of the
greatest number of games.
The following is the schedule of games
April 27, 1903
May 4, 1903
May 11, 1003
Sections vs Juniors 15 — -9
Seniors vs Juniors 8 — 6
Seniors vs Sections 16 — 8
Seniors 24, Sections 23, Juniors 15
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|AST FALL, when the Juniors began to arrive, and
the expressman made frequent stops at the Hall
door, we noticed with pleasure the number of
smart looking caddy-bags and new golf clubs. This
spring, however, golf seems to have lost its popu-
larity of last year ; but whether this is due to the fact that golf-
balls have furnished homes for so many of our large family of
pollywogs in the Campus pond ; whether those shining golf-clubs
still adorn the walls of Normal rooms and are loathe to leave ;
or whether tennis has indeed regained its old place, it is difficult
At any rate, golf has certainly made a worthy struggle for
existence on the campus. Former tennis players are now blamed
for a ball which falls inside the court, and have been driven by
irate words and glances to seek a course around the edge of the
Campus. Tees resembling in size and shape, loaves of brown
bread, deep cuts in the turf and an enveloping cloud of dust
and sand have marked the progress of the beginner ; but, in
spite of the not over-flattering remarks of onlookers and tennis
players, the game has been a source of much pleasure, and
would undoubtedly become a greater attraction if a suitable
place for laying out a course could be secured.
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ENNIS, both during the fall and the spring season,
enjoyed its well deserved popularity. The courts
were 'laid soon after the opening of school and were
much used until late in the season. Only the dead
leaves and short, raw days of November gave the
men in charge a chance to pull up the stakes.
At the spring season the game was taken up with renewed
enthusiasm, for tennis is the game of games, and Normalites are
most excellent judges in such matters.
We all know, of course, that during the warmer part of the
year tennis is enjoyed by absolutely every member of this com-
munity; for although there are some who can neither keep score
nor stop a ball under any consideration whatever, still every
soul at Normal can hold a racket, and sit on the bank and give
some kind of an interpretation to the well known "Love All !"
which is the very war cry of tennis.
Tennis is still king of the Campus.
|HIS is a cyclopaedic article—not ping pong, but the
words following. Ping pong is a game, an easy
game in some respects ; not always easy to play,
but easy to make game of ; the product of easy
times ; productive of easy motions and easy con-
sciences on the part of players, but of much uneasiness among
all other parties interested.
It is a comparatively new-made (maid) game, and does not
require the intelligence and mentality of "old-maid"; hence it is
more popular with society. Its name, however, is derived from
two old words: — Ping, which to quote one of the Silas Wegg
craft, is the name of
The song that the rifle-ball sings,
Seeking its victim with death on its wings,"
and Pongo, the former generic name for monkeys.
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No combination could more happily indicate its nature,
though wonder has sometimes been expressed that the name of
the parrot was omitted.
Ping pong was the clever invention of a famous bric-a-brac
dealer, at a time when his antique manufactures had outrun the
demand by a heavy overproduction. To meet the emergency,
he evolved this method of creating a vacuum in the market, and
the world's visible supply of bric-a-brac rapidly disappeared.
It has proved almost as destructive of the more precious
varieties of parlor and drawing-room ornaments as the indis-
criminate reading of daily newspapers is destructive of the better
qualities of the human mind.
from tbe je&ttor's TKHaste BaefceL
A Sample Letter Ordering an "Offering."
Rochester, Mass., Mar. 5, 1903.
Dear Arthur William Hapgood, —
I hereby desire to state that I have enclosed a money order
calling for a sum not less than 49J- cents, not more than 508
cents. This same order, when converted into ready American
currency, is to be used towards the printing, publishing, manu-
facturing, binding, proofreading, editorial, managerial, super-
vision of one copy of the Normal Offering, current year issue.
Said copy is for the sole use of Uncle Nahum, his heirs and
assigns from this time henceforth forevermore. Copy must be
absolutely perfect in every particular or subscriber will demand
a rebate of ^ cent, payable in 350 years at .000,000,000,000,001
of a cent, interest per annum.
Na Hum, son of Buz.
«w- !i»» »ju.u m n mw i in_.i l i n m -in
The Electric Car Scholar.
OW little the larger part of the students of our
noble institution know of the meaning of the
expression "going to Normal." Let us inform all
the inmates of Tillinghast, Normal, or Woodward
that it does not mean "living at Normal," but a far
Look at these two pictures and draw your own conclusions.
Here is a beautiful and comfortable boarding hall in the
same yard with the school building, and so close to it that the
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two buildings almost touch. All the inmates are peacefully
slumbering although it is 6.25 a. m. by the church clock and the
sun has long ago risen. Then there breaks on the stillness the
sweet chimes of a bell, at the sound of which all the sleepers
awake and leisurely make their toilets. After this they saunter
into the spacious dining hall where breakfast awaits them, also a
whole hour in which to eat it. Then there is time for a walk,
in which to commune with nature and be put in tune for the
day. A quiet hour for study follows, after which these chil-
dren of luxury and leisure go to find three or four letters await-
ing them before 9.10 calls them to their places in the school
Here is a home many, many weary miles from the center
of learning — the illustrious town of Bridgewater. The sun has
as yet no idea of rising, as it is not five by the clock. An im-
patient voice breaks the quiet, calling loudly, ■' How do you
ever expect to catch that car if you sleep all the morning?" At
this dire summons a sleepy mortal rolls out from his downy
couch and hastily dresses, muttering all the while something
about the impossibility of getting a lesson twenty miles from a
reference book. The breakfast room is reached at last, and the
agreeable odor of breakfast greets the hungry delinquent. He
sits down to snatch a bite, but the clock on the mantle frowns
forbiddingly, and the rumble of car wheels and clanking of the
bell put all such foolish notions as breakfast aside. Thrusting
a doughnut in his pocket and making sure that his cold lunch is
safely in his green bag, he catches up a pile of books and swings
himself onto the back fender of the flying car.
He reaches the place where he has to change cars first and
sees his car rapidly vanishing in the distance. This means a
wait of from one-half an hour to an hour, during which time he
is informed that a strike on both steam and electric cars will be
in progress before he returns that night, discovers that he for-
got to ask the conductor for a transfer, that his supply of tickets
has given out, and that he has neglected to provide himself
with a certificate to procure more. Just then another seeker
of knowledge who is also bound toward Bridgewater arrives.
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A loan of tickets is soon made, with a promise of speedy pay-
ment, and the two board the car. As they ride along they are
studiously perusing their books, observing birds, trees, and
flowers, counting the houses along the way, and learning the
name of every street they pass. The conductor comes to take
the fares, finds two tickets of the same number, aud gives the
trembling borrower the alternative of getting off the car or pay-
ing five cents.
But things have gone altogether too smoothly so as they
approach a turnout they find another car planted firmly at right
angles to the track and very effectively blocking the way.
Harsh words and fretting are of no avail, so our wayfarers take
up their burdens and walk the rest of the way to school. On
arriving there, they find that the attendance has already been
taken and that they have missed General Exercise.
These two sketches serve only as hints at the contrast be-
tween the lives of two Normal students. No mention has been
made of the pleasure of being in a car when the wheels become
heated or the fuse burns out, or of the delightful uncertainty
of the winter days when the snow is three feet deep on a level
and it takes three different lines of steam cars and as many
more of electrics to take one fifteen miles between the hours of
4.30 a. m. and noon, with the temperature of the cars ten below
zero. Don't think it takes three feet of snow to block an elec-
tric car, for at the appearance of a storm cloud the cars immedi-
ately cease to run. Nor has aught been said of the time a poor
day-student gets his supper. Since oftentimes he does not
reach home until 7. p. m., he of course has to wait until after
study hour before his hunger can be satisfied.
But after "the whole and its parts with their relations"
have been considered, let us say that one who lives at Bridge-
water does not, and cannot, realize half the pleasure which
comes from " going to Normal," in the fullest and most literal
sense of the term.
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Should you ask me whence these verses
Written at this time of autumn,
Whence these stories and traditions,
With the thoughts of patient training,
Skill and planning and maneuv'ring,
Lining, forming, listening, starting,
Rushing, running, tackling, punting,
Their victory and glory,
I should answer, I should tell you
From the wide and spacious Campus,
From the high and lofty South Field,
From beneath the light of Normal ;
For I tell them as I heard them
From the lips of J-h- Mc-o-n-11.
On the plain near Tillinghast,
Marked with limestone from the quarry,
Willow Carr-1 came to center,
With his loud and mighty whistle,
Stood erect and called the players,
Called the opposing braves together.
Then Shorty G — Id, the Normal's war-chief,
Stooping northward gave the signal.
Advancing, all the braves together
Took the pig skin to the center,
Rushed by O'-r-n strong and mighty.
Moving like a mighty river,
Round and round they wheeled and darted.
When from out the baffled Brocktons,
Skilled in all the wiles of warfare,
Not perceiving danger near them,
Till from out their claws untangling
Came the M-lle- fleetly flying,
From his place of ambush came he,
Striding terrible among them ;
And so awful was his aspect
That the bravest failed to tackle ;
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On and on he went in magic circles
Speeding straight across the goal line.
Then the chief, full skilled from practice,
Mightiest of all the hunters,
Kicked the ball between the uprights.
Thus the game was played and ended.
Homeward went they all exulting,
With the trophies of the battle,
With a shout of song and triumph.
Honor then be to the brave ones,
Who thus couquered all the Brocktons
With their skill in wiles of warfare, —
Honor them forever.
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ONCE owned a fountain pen. If you have ever
used one you know what it involves and I can feel
assured of your sympathy ; if not, my poor vocab-
ulary can never make you understand. I some-
times wonder whether things can be truly said to
be inanimate. I could declare upon oath that my pen had a
mind and a will.
It was capricious, fickle, and whimsical, to the last degree.
During its old age it developed most execrable habits and had
an aggressive way of contesting my plans at the most inoppor-
tune moments. Sometimes it would behave with great tranquility
for several days ; then, just as I had begun to trust it and relax
caution, it would be suddenly seized with violent hemorrhages
in the very midst of a recitation and have to be nursed and
soothed or it would obstinately refuse to flow and persist stead-
fastly in this resolve, in dogged disregard of my frenzied shak-
ings, thumpings and maledictions, until I had missed the thread
of the discourse. Then it would unexpectedly act aggrieved at
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my apparent disgust and turn emotional, weeping copiously all
over my hands and note-book. Or again as I would hold it be-
tween my teeth while I gathered up my books, it would suddenly
-become convulsive and would bubble hysterically to the great
detriment of my necktie.
It could not be induced to favor a reclining position and no
matter how gently I laid it down, big black tears would slowly
gather and bedew my unfortunate desk.
I am in despair for I have never been able to fathom the
secret of its ethics.
2)ian> of a IRormaltte,
April. Hear of a place called Bridgewater Normal.
June. Seek Bridgewater. Come down Grove street at 9.30
A. M. Late for "exams" 12 A. M. A fellow asked for the
potato gravy to put on his ice cream. One of the fellows had a
mustache. Think I am young.
Sept. i. Get a checked suit and a straw hat. Have strange
and fearful dreams.
Sept. 9. Rains. Take the car for Bridgewater. 4 p. m. See
great many pretty girls. 10 p. m. No room - think of home.
11.30 p. m. No room -think more of home. 12.00 p. m. Get a
room and roommate. Roommate and I are suspicious of each
other and are on the watch for practical jokes. No key - put a
washstand against door for protection. Turn out light and each
one hides his money.
Sept. 10. Did not sleep much last night. Some boys crowed
like roosters in the morning. Do not think they could have
been good boys.
Move the washstand and tear my trousers. Think of home
again and mother. Roommate has a pair of golf trousers I can
take. Go down to breakfast. Stir my coffee with a large spoon
and the girl on my right giggles. Eat eight biscuits, drink five
glasses of milk. They wont wait. Go away hungry.
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Go to school. Size up the teachers. They call Mr. Boyden
"Pa". He looks at me and a guilty feeling creeps over me.
Don't know what I have done though.
Friday Night. Think my mother would like to have me
come home. jFeel obliged to go to see the folks. They are
pleased to see me.
Sunday. Return to school. Have introduction to the min-
Monday. Spits snow in forenoon. Go skating on Boyden
Park. Buy a blue necktie. Girls think it is pretty.
Tuesday. Weigh 150 lbs. Get E in Music.
Wednesday. Break my water pitcher. Costs fifty cents to
get a new one. Buy a shaving brush. Think I will shave when
the fellows are not around.
Thursday. Have my first lesson in Drawing. Rains all day.
Buy a pencil.
Friday. Have an "Exam" in Music. After school go for a
walk with the fellows.
Saturday. Have a time at the table. Put cheese, milk, etc.
(?) into a pot and cook it. (Don't like it). Have fudge.
Sept. (Return) Think I am all right. Make believe I am
a Junior. Enjoy the bewilderment of a small girl. The girls
are not so pretty as last year.
Tuesday. Offer to show a new fellow around. He asks
strange questions. He does not know how to play foot ball.
Wednesday. Put a sign on a new fellow's door. He is
Thursday. Foot -ball practice. Think I shall make the team.
Friday. Play tennis with the girls.
Sept. Make new resolutions.
Sept. 12. Go into advanced mathematics class. Find out
how much I do not know. Feel discouraged and retire early.
Sept. 13. Get up at five o'clock to work on drawing. Ad-
vise some frivolous Juniors.
Sept. 14. Study after school. Take a short walk to get
Geology specimens. After supper work on Drawing. Continue
into study hour.
Sept. 15. Get up early and continue to draw.
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Saturday. Copy note books.
SePT. n. Teach in Model School.
Sept. 12. Dream that the school house is on fire. Save the
pupils like a hero. Teach reading in Model School.
Sept. 13. Teach school again. (In a dream) Scholars are
on top of desk.
May 4. See a superintendent. Horrible visions all night.
May 5. Find some fossils near Carver's. Cannot classify
" Hello ! Central ! I want the Fudge Co. this evening. "
"All right ! we'll phone them for you !"
Now the Fudge Co. includes Misses Shoo Ger, Butte Er,
Mil Kay, and Messrs. Choco Late, and Alcoh 01.
This is a very quiet, unobstrusive company as far as out-
siders are concerned with them, but they have extraordinary
abilities, which come into play on occasion, but which, however,
often cause much confusion, and hot dish-cussions.
We will now give you a little glimpse of this company.
" Thirty-nine ! Seventy-three ! Fifty-one ! ! All right ! —
Co. meets in Thirty-nine to-night. Let's call on them "
Here they are — very quiet at present. Never mind, we
will soon fire them up. Alco is not working. He is bottling
up his energy for a flame which will be struck up later.
What's the matter with Shoo ? She seems to be taking
life rather solemnly for one of such sweet sunny temper. But
she is not always so melancholy. Mil looks as if she were ready
for fun, but having no one to help her enjoy it, she sits quietly
awaiting the issue of the silence which has seized the Co.
Choco is in a brown study but we shall not allow that long.
Let's see what Butte is doing. She is a slippery little body,
quite sensitive and easily melted to tears. She looks as though
she wanted to "cheer up" but couldn't.
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Oh, Fudge! I forget to tell you about Van. — Van Ilia. He
is a good little boy, with very good intentions, and really the best
behaved one of the whole Co. He usually remains in the back
ground, on the occasion of a bubbling on the part of the rest of
the Co., and afterwards comes in and saves the reputation of
all by his sweet and becalming effects.
Now we must rouse this solemn assembly for otherwise we
cannot see them at their best.
We must fire Alco first and he will start the others. Let's
put him in this bright little frame. He bubbles a little over it,
but is not greatly roused yet.
We will strike a match, and see how jealous it makes him.
Now he is fired to a burning heat and the rest begin to feel his
Choco and Shoo we will put into the silver ditch and see
them sulk a while. Now, let's put in Mil as a peacemaker and
see what she will do. Mil is quiet, but she does her work
effectively. Not liking the situation in which she is placed,
she becomes revengeful and in less time than it takes to tell it,
she dissolves Shoo in milk-white tears, and Choco, grieving at
her loss, is reduced to powder.
Now Butte's heart will surely melt when she sees the fate
of the others. Yes, there she goes.
Here we have them all at their best, bubbling, and sputter-
ing away. Alco looks up and laughs at the others and that
makes them bubble all the more. This will not last long how-
ever, they will soon tire of affording so much amusement.
They are even now becoming more quiet, and seem to wish
a change of position. Let's send Van to them. He will stop it
all. Yes, of course they have to sputter a little, at first, at a
new arrival but — there ! they are all quiet now so we will put
them in this tinpanum and leave them awhile, until their wrath
Half-hour later : —
How quietly they welcome us. Before long they are very
much cut up about it, and declare they will strike — the plate (or
anything they can find near enough) which they proceed to do.
Now, so far all this confusion has taken place at No. 39.
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The company have another engagement this evening at La
Place Nomme Le West Wing and we will conduct them thither
— as far as we may — and learn the secrets they are to unfold to
the audience there.
Zbe Stanbope IRing,
T was half past nine, and a party of girls were
gathered in Mabel Stanhope's room, having, as
May Elsworth declared, "just the loveliest time."
The girls were sitting on the floor, Turkish fashion,
with goodies of various kinds spread out before
them. The edibles were rapidly disappearing, while the merry-
makers discussed with much laughter the incidents of the day.
These girls were students of the Bridgewater Normal
School, and had a sincere, hearty appreciation of what that in-
stitution was doing for them. They were full of life and vigor.
Chief among them was Mabel Stanhope, tall, dark, beautiful and
impetuous. Near her sat Ethel Sanford, a quiet unassuming
little person, with light hair and dream-like eyes, through which
it seemed as though one could read her very thoughts. In spite
of the fact that these two were so very different in appearance
and character, they were "great chums," and received much ad-
miration from their friends, May Elsworth, Hope Dalton, and
As soon as the girls had made away with the repast, they
began to discuss their ambitions for the future. Susan wished
to be an actress, May and Hope writers of Novels, and Mabel a
great authoress, whose works should be read in all languages.
It was then Ethel's turn, and she paused a moment as if hesita-
ting to give voice to her inmost thoughts. Finally she said, "I
have seen so much misery and unhappiness in the world that I
should like to devote my life to caring for the needy. I have
always wished that I might found a home for desolate children,
but, as that is impossible, I can probably contrive to make a
little sunshine somewhere."
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This speech was greeted by a chorus of surprised exclama-
tions, which were interrupted by a shout from May. "O Mabel,
it is five minutes of ten, and you promised to show us the Stan-
hope ring to-night." "So I did," said Mabel, as she took from
a drawer an exquisitely carved box, and displayed the ring.
"This ring, and the box in which it is kept, has been in the
Stanhope family for several hundreds of years. It has been
handed down from generation to generation, and is very highly
prized. It was given to me by my grandmother, who wanted to
see it in my possession before she died. The ruby was brought
from the Orient by one of my ancestors, and sometime after-
ward was put in this peculiar setting, and given by my great-
great -great grandfather to his bride." At this point the ten
o'clock bell struck, and the girls hastily departed for bed, but
Mabel noticed that Ethel Sanford gazed at the ring longer and
more admiringly than the others.
The next morning the boarding-hall was the scene of a busy
packing, for the girls were going away that night on a week's
vacation. The dress suit cases were deposited at noon in the
school-house hall, and, as soon as recitations were over, the girls
snatched hats, coats, and baggage, bade merry good-bys, and
rushed to the station.
Ethel Sanford went to her cousin's in the western part of
the State, and Mabel Stanhope to her home in Boston. That
night, as Ethel was unpacking in her cousin's room, she sud-
denly exclaimed, "Why, these are not my things. I have taken
Mabel Stanhope's suitcase by mistake. What shall I do?"
Just then a telegram came. It was dated at Boston and signed
by Mabel. It read :
"Have your suitcase. Shall use your clothes. You use
Ethel concluded that this was the wisest thing to do, as the
vacation was so short, and bravely wore Mabel's bright garments,
although some of the colors were very trying to her delicate
Both the girls met with many little mortifications on ac-
count of the ill-fitting and unbecoming clothing that they wore
that week, and gave laughing accounts of their adventures on
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their return to school. Ethel found her things a little mussed,
but none the worse for wear. Mabel, on the other hand, found
her clothes in much better condition than they would have been
if she had worn them herself. Everything was neatly folded
and packed. In one corner of her suitcase was the carved box
in which was kept the Stanhope ring. As she took the box out
of the suitcase, she became possessed by a desire to see the
ring. Accordingly, she took the key from her purse, and opened
the box. Imagine her dismay, however, when she discovered
that the box was empty.
Mabel had no idea that there was any danger of losing the
ring, and her thoughts ran something like this ; "I showed the
ring to the girls on the night of the 'spread', but I remember
putting it back in the box afterwards. The box was locked and
the key in my purse, and no one could have taken it unless she
had a duplicate key. Let me see. Ethel has a key that will un-
fasten it, for that little cabinet of hers has the same kind of lock.
Ethel must have opened the box and taken the ring. Yes, I re-
member how envious she looked the night I showed it to the
girls. Then Ethel is a thief."
Mabel did not like to believe that her chosen friend was a
thief, but she could think of no other possible solution to the
problem, and the more she thought, the more she became con-
vinced that this solution was correct. She told no one of what
had happened for several days, but avoided Ethel as much as
possible. Finally she whispered her suspicions to May, Hope,
"Why," said Hope, "Ethel wouldn't do such a thing.
Don't you remember what she said the other night about help-
"Yes," said Susan, "but perhaps she said that to make us
think she is better than she really is. Very likely she had it all
planned out before hand, and took Mabel's dress-suit case pur-
This view of the case so convinced the girls, that they told
the other members of the school, and often spoke of Ethel as a
In the mean time, poor Ethel had about as much as she
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could bear. No one spoke to her, and left to herself, she grew
pale and thin. She seemed to lose all interest in life. Mabel,
who was not lost to pity, went to her one day and told her that
if she would return the ring, all would be made right. Ethel,
however, burst into such a passion of nervous tears that Mabel
did not press the matter further.
One morning near the close of the term Mabel was clean-
ing out one of the drawers in her desk, when she saw something
bright in the corner. She pulled it out, and there, in all its
glory, lay the Stanhope ring. At the same time it flashed into
her mind that she had dropped the ring into the drawer after
showing it to the girls, but had left the box on the table. The
next morning she had locked the box, supposing it contained the
ring, and put it in her dress-suit case.
The thoughts of her accusation and Ethel's suffering came
over her like a terrible night-mare. At first she thought, "If I
do not tell the girls that I found the ring, no one will ever know,
and I shall be spared the mortification. But that will not be just
to poor Ethel. O dear! what will the girls think of me ? " So
the struggle between her pride and her sense of duty went on
for several hours. Finnally the sight of Ethel's tear-stained
face decided her, and she began her work of reparation. First
she went to Ethel's room and asked forgiveness. Then she as-
sembled the other girls in the reception-room and made a little
speech, telling them how it all happened, and how she was the
only one to blame for the loss of the Stanhope ring.
This speech was received with shouts of applause, and
when May Elsworth proposed three cheers for Ethel Sanford,
they were given with a right good will.
Ethel had been hurt too deeply to forgive Mabel at once, but
in a short time all feeling of restraint wore off, and the two
once more became "chums." Mabel, however, was less impet-
uous than before. She had learned two lessons; namely, to be
more careful of her own things, and never to accuse another
hastily of wrong doing.
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JELL, but what about Ruth Cutler ? You know-
she rather expects to play."
" Yes, I know. But you see, girls, it is this
way. Ruth hasn't practised and we must have a
girl who has done so, since it is but a short time
before the games. It must be Mazie, girls. Ruth just can't
be on the team. It won't hurt her not to have her own way
once, and anyway the team must come first."
So Mazie Brown was chosen "basket," for what Kate Man-
ning said carried weight when Ruth wasn't there.
This was the last position to be considered, and there had
been a long discussion, for if was important that the team should
have the strongest player. Yet they all knew that Ruth would
want this place, and few wished to disappoint her.
After this decision was reached the girls talked of some
"team plays" and then separated, Kate and Mazie going to tell
Miss Beals, the Gymnastic teacher."
" Are you sure, Kate, that I ought to play instead of
Ruth ? She does everything so well, you know, and would do
fine work after a little practice."
" Yes, that is just it. We can't stop to train individual play-
ers now. You are just the one we want. Besides you can
play as well as Ruth ; you mustn't think that Ruth is the only
one who can do anything. Wait and see what Miss Beals
thinks of our team."
That evening the girls met in Mazie's room to discuss the
coming games. Kate talked with great animation of her plans
for the teams.
" Only think, girls, two weeks and then the games ! Mary
and Ruth, you will practice tomorrow, won't you ? For we
must make every day count. Ruth, have you anything special
to do ? Won't you come down and umpire us ?"
Ruth kept on stirring the fudge, and gave no signs of en-
" Really, girls, I don't see how I can. I have that long
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theme to copy, and, besides, I have promised one of the girls to
go to walk.
Kate punched the pillows, but said nothing. For once
Ruth was not the centre and life of their plans, and although
Kate was sorry that Ruth was hurt, yet she felt that it could
not be otherwise, for the good of the team.
Ruth and May cried, " Oh, Ruth do come ! You can
help us so much." But Ruth would not come and Kate and
Mazie knew why.
One noon nearly two weeks later, Ruth asked the girls if
they didn't want to go rowing on Carver's after school. They
could take pillows, she said and that interesting book they were
reading. The girls knew there would be Huyler's and other
things, and it meant a thoroughly good time. Ruth's plans
always worked out beautifully, so that every girl always en-
joyed herself greatly.
" Of course you'll go, Mazie. And you, Ruth and May?"
"Yes, indeed, we will. Won't it be fun!!" And they
waved their books enthusiastically.
But Mazie stood studying the ground and seemed rather
troubled. Ruth noticed it and watched her intently.
Suddenly Mazie raised her head and said : " Ruth, I'd like
to go ever so much, as I hope you know. But, we are to
practice tonight and I can't."
Ruth said something about "letting it go and coming on ;
they wanted her, and anyway one night wouldn't make much
But Mazie was firm. She realized what she was missing,
and thought too, that Ruth wouldn't like her refusal and Ruth
had always been her dearest friend. She knew that Ruth re-
membered that there was to be a practice game that night, and
she was sorry that her friend was taking this measure to hinder
The girls had to go without Mazie. For some reason they
did not have so enjoyable a time as they had expected. Ruth
seemed rather preoccupied and consequently the fun lagged.
Ruth was thinking. She had taken no interest in the
plans of the team, in fact had let little things interfere with
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them. Because she herself could not have an active part, she
had not cared whether the team was successful or not. Could
it have been — yes — she had almost wished they would not win
in the tournament. How selfish !
Mazie's refusal to go with her on the excursion had made
her see things in a different light. When Ruth began to think,
there was always something to show for it.
The next day at the time of the game, Ruth, instead of
finishing a sofa pillow as she had intended, was down in the
dressing room of the " gym," helping the girls. And during
the ten minutes' rest, it was Ruth who showed the girls where
a point might be gained, and it was Ruth who cheered them up
and urged them on.
I thought Ruth Cutler wasn't coming near this game. Wasn't
she trying to keep the girls away from practice the other
night? I must have terribly misjudged her. Why, that en-
couragement at the rest, just give us the game. Where is she ?
We must tell her."
When they told her, Ruth said : " Girls, I did not want to
help at all at first. But I have had my ideas changed." And
she smiled at the puzzled Mazie. "Will you all go rowing to-
morrow, girls ?"
Bridgewater, Mass., Mar. 12, 1903.
My Dear Teddy :
It is a long time since I wrote you a letter. Here I
am in my third year at Normal, and I have not told you any-
thing about my work or surroundings. As you may like to
know what I am doing, I will tell you something of my previous
years here and my anticipations for the future.
We are situated in a beautiful spot right in the village.
Our school house is a fine brick building running north and
south, and covering one side of a large square in which all the
buildings except two are situated. Normal Hall, which is a
dormitory and dining hall, occupies another side of this square,
and the two remaining sides are occupied by two other dormi-
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ties, called Woodward Hall and Tillinghast Hall. Across the
street on the east side of the square is a beautiful campus, with
a pretty, winding pond in the middle. On this campus we play
golf and tennis. On the south side is a large, level field called
South Field, where we play football and baseball. In one
corner of this field is the school laundry, a neat brick building.
On the north side is a tract of land where a new gymnasium is
to be built. I have given you a description of the grounds, but
you cannot get the beauty of them until you have seen them for
There are about two hundred and eighty students in the
school, and they are a jolly crowd I tell you. The girls out-
number us so much that the fellows say that they are entitled
to sixteen girls a piece. Sone of them get them too. In ath-
letic season we are busily engaged every night, but in winter
we go skating on Carver's Pond, a large pond in the woods
about five minutes' walk from school.
The first year s work was not very hard, and we were longer
than that in getting ■" broken in." By the second year we were
pretty well used to our surroundings, and we could begin to
think we were up in the world, and look down on the " Freshies,"
more fellows and girls came in and our circle of friends became
larger ahd closer. But the work increased in proportion, and
we had to "dig" a little more to keep up . We thought that
the hardest year in the course, but we have not been through
our last year yet.
This year is a "snap " thus far, so we have more time for
sports. We have become intensely interested in the work, and
we do not think of cutting up some of the tricks which we
used to play, and have taken on a sort of sedate, business-like
air — you know what I mean. In short we are almost Normal-
ized, and I suppose next year will complete that operation.
We have a Normal Club, which provides literary and musi-
cal entertainments almost every Friday night in the winter
months. Then, too, the Club issues an annual called the Nor-
mal Offering. I will send you one of last year's magazine and
a picture of the instution, if I don't forget it.
As for secret societies, we have the Kappa Delta Phi, or the
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" Frat." which is a select crowd of us fellows; and the " Hungry
Eight.'* There is also an order called the " Pie Eaters," which
takes in another set, mostly the lower classmen. The " Bach-
ellors' Club " must not be left out. However, there are only
three in that, while all the rest form the " Anti-bachelors."
These names may seem funny to you, but they all have their
specific meanings; especially the last two, which must be taken
literally, Ala ! next year ! Think of it, we shall be full-fledged
Normalites, Our social circle will have been completed, and
no such thing as a " big head " will exist in the class. We shall
have attained the art of pedagogy, If we are ever going to do
so, and shall begin to think of the future. Then also will come
the experience of going down to teach the youngsters in the
Model School, which is in the same building as we are. Every
body has go through this ordeal, and there the teachers, to say
nothing of the children, "size you up " all right. Some of the
latter express their views on the matter without much hesitation
which makes it worse. We shan't breathe easily until that is
over, and " Pa," has awarded our sheepskins. Then we shall
meet our Waterloo in some little hamlet down among the sand-
banks of Cape Cod. I shouldn't wonder if that is where I landed
some time, to teach little teachers in the way they should go. I
tell you, Teddy, we are full of these ideas, and we talk our future
over pretty seriously sometimes, and then turn and dream about
it. Oh ! I tell you those are anything but beautiful visions ; but
don't you care, better times are coming, at least we hope so
Maybe you have an idea of my joys and troubles from this
jumble, bnt I shall try to do better next time. Good-bye !
Write soon. "Cap."
The ladies' coat-room has been termed a "Literary Ward-
"What is the use of the Campus pond except for freezing
"For frogs to live in and boys to swim in."
"On which side of the body is the right hand?"
"On the side where the heart is not."
"What location is that?"
"The other side."
"How could you tell which direction is "north" if you stood
at any point on the earth's surface?"
"Look towards the Unitarian church."
"What room are the birds in?"
V-n-1. "Assembly Hall." (Great indignation on the part
of the songsters.)
The "human duck" sheds thoughts instead of raindrops —
"When does one write poetry?"
Miss W-ng. "When he cannot express his feelings in
Nov. 20 — Top-knot come down !
Nov. 21, A. M. — Top-knot came down!
Nov. 21, P. M. — Top-knot went up again ! !
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Miss Fe-r-r. "Yes, on the dead level, water would still
Miss I-he-w — d. "If a cat was standing in front of me,
its right side would be similar to mine."
Miss M-ld-ed McD Ids. "A comet is a thing with a
big, long, tail."
"Would you put the Divorce Law in the Business Column?"
"Well, it's one kind of business."
Mr. Boyden. How do you know your breakfast has been
Miss M-y Br-oks "Because it makes me "grow".
Question "Does Miss Br-oks eat any breakfast?"
"Are we descended from apes?"
. "We are rather ascended from them, if anything."
Miss M — s-a-1 "Harvard St. in Brockton has green grass
the year round."
April I, 1903. (A lively discussion in Psychology). Mr.
Boyden. "The moon looks to me to be forty feet across."
Miss Ferrer. Why, I see it only about as large as an um-
Mr. Boyden. "Well, anyway, it's always large enough to
Then he added, "The longest way around is always the
shortest way home under that umbrella."
"Rest is the complete cessation of all activity Where
would you be if that were now true?"
Mr. Boyden — "Miss McD-n-ld, don't you expect to have
all your senses about you? Don't you expect to keep yourself?"
Miss McD-n-ld (in a doubtful tone) "I hope to."
(Great amusement among the young gentlemen of the class.)
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"Isn't it necessary to wear any wraps back and forth to the
Halls and school?"
Mr. B — . "I wish it was." It doesn't seem to be "in the
Pupil (after several illustrations from Mr. Boyden) — "Well,
now take a case of mine."
Mr. B. — "Will you jump over this building?"
Miss M-rsh-11 — "That's something I can't do!"
Mr. B.— "Why don't you try?"
Miss M. — "Well I might try and jump a little higher each
day, until ! ! ! ! "
"The bear has a rudimentary tail, sometimes wanting."
Mr. B— "Well then, I'd leave it out."
Miss M-r-n's chief source of knowledge in Zoology seems
to be from the herring and monkeys she has seen. She comes
from Weymouth, of course.
Miss C — k. "Are there all kinds of meat in a turtle ; that
is, chicken, pork. etc. ? I have heard old people say so."
Mr. Boyden — "I don't know, but I should say it was all
Physics and Literature.
Mr. Jackson — "It is characteristic of women to think a
thing without any reason."
Miss W-lc-x — (reciting in physics) "A crystal has a regu-
lar, definite shape."
M. Jackson. — "So has a cat."
Mr. Jackson — "Who begins to have gleams of "common
"The Pilgrims put into Dartmouth for repairs."
Evidently not only the Pilgrims, but also Miss C-o — n's
statement needed repairing.
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Mr. Jackson — (after vain attempts of Miss I — 1-y to spell
"hippopotamus" on the board) "Rather an abbreviated animal
but perhaps we shall be able to recognize him."
For Greek derivations apply to Misses Thompson and
"Surely there were never such vexatious things as the sun,
moon, and earth."
Miss B-a-e in advanced physics.
Question to be solved, — "Are there any lunatics on the
moon?'' (Solution open only to advanced physics.)
Senior I (first lesson) Mr. Jackson — "This is Junior— — ?"
"Those who are not in this section regularly, please raise
your hands in alphabetical order."
"Why is "appendicitis" not a new word?"
Miss Gl-v-n. "I know someone who had it before I was
Physiology and Geography.
Mr. Sinnott (turning to Miss W-bs — r, after showing the
thick walls of the heart and explaining its structure) "So you
see it takes a good deal to "break a heart."
"A large part of a teacher's talk is chalk talk."
Mr. Sinnott "A cow is an animal having four legs, two
horns, and a tail"
Mr. Sinnott (talking about giving of government lands)
"Uncle Sam has given away all his farms in the West."
Miss O-n- (innocently) "Isn't he giving away " home-
steads" in California now?" (Suppressed laughter in class)
Mr. Sinnott. (benignantly) "I wasn't aware that he was,
but at any rate they are not desirable ones, Miss O-n." (more
Mr. Sinnott (turning gravely to class) "Perhaps Miss O-n
will tell us all about it some day."
Miss B-nn-r. "The abdomen contains the organs of indi-
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"What is the geography lesson to-day?,'
Pupil "We begin with the atmosphere and go through
Miss M-r-i "Blood vessels are hitched to the intes-
Miss B-k-r. "Coal is found in hospitable regions."
Knowing Junior — "The muscles which move the fingers
are in the forearm ; those which move the toes are in the fore-
"A pain in the heart is a sensation which cannot be dis-
Pupil (referring to Satan) — "I think that there was an ele-
ment of tenderness in him."
"Then you would stand up for him?"
Oh! no! I don't— er— -like him! !"
Miss Emerson — "What should be the vital object of a drill
exercise? Perhaps some of those who are asleep can tell me."
Mr. S-d-er dimly grasps the last few words and answers,
"To keep the pupils awake."
Inquiring Junior, — "Miss Kirmayer, I can never remember
how to pronounce your name."
Miss K. — "Well, just think of a dog getting stuck in a
swamp — the dog is the principal thing — and you have it."
"Gentle as a gang of lions." — A-er-e.
"Are girls more inclined to be mischievous or wicked?
Miss Home to Mr. W-lt-r."
Mr. W.— "I don't know."
Miss H. — "Mr. W--lt-r answers from his very slight acquain-
tance with them." (Class seems to disagree.)
Mr. Gurney — "Why is the terrestial sphere placed before
the celestial in the outline?"
Mr. N-r-hc--t — "Because we must live upon the earth be-
fore ascending to the celestial sphere."
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Model School Philosophy.
Miss Ch--v-s. "Uncivilized beings have hypermetropia."
Miss Hicks — "Who has hypermetropia?"
Mr. W-lt-.r— "I have."
Miss Hicks — "Therefore you are a savage."
Miss Emerson — "I cannot hear what you say, Mr. Ma- o--y.
You will have to talk louder."
Mr. Ma-o-y — "I haven't spoken yet."
Miss M-r--y (describing the three fold plan of the revolution-
ary campaign) "Gen. Howe was to come up from below and
meet the other generals above."
Mr. Boyden — "A little ambiguous, Miss M--r — y."
Mrs. E--S—.S — "Why is the school building like a verb?"
"Because it has three principal parts."
Miss S--ip--an (speaking about the constellation Orion)
"I can get a man but I can't make him kneel."
Miss G--n (speaking about skating) "Was it slippery?"
Student teaching — "What is a chord?"
(Student gives correct definition.)
Student teaching — "Sing one."
Miss Prince. "Which line is most inclined in the sharp?"
Mr. Fr--n--h. — "The vertical."
AMONG the best patrons of the Normal Offering each
year are the advertisers who have so generously and
kindly helped along the publishing of it by these
advertisements. They have been unusually obliging this year
and by their aid we are enabled to put many things in the
Offering which we would have been obliged to leave out with-
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I wish to impress upon the students that the advertise-
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patronage fairly among our advertisers they will feel repaid and
and will aid us more in the future.
Show the business men of Bridgewater by your trade that
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F. N. Churchill
has for the Young Ladies
HANDKEBCHIEFS, Gloves ;
Perfumes, Draperies, etc.
and makes a specialty of
Gent's Neckwear, Hats
Engraved to order
"NORMAL SCHOOL" PIN.
Originated by members of Normal
For Sale by
H. A. CLARK,
BROAD ST. MARKET.
B. A. LEONARD, Proprietor.
Beef, Pork, Lamb, Veal, Ham,Tripe, Fruit,
Vegetables and Canned Goods.
Berries and Fruit in
FREDERICK T. WIDMER
HENRY GUILD & SON,
Maker of B. N. S. 'oo, Section B., '02,
Sections C and D '03, B. N. S. '04,
and Kappa Delta Phi pins.
28 West St.
J. F. ALLEN, D. D. S.
The Bridge Teachers' Agency.
G. A. SCOTT & CO., Proprietors.
2A BEACON ST., BOSTON.
Send for Agency Manual.
J. E PURDY & CO.,
Photographers and Artists
146 Tremont Street, Boston.
Special Rates to Students and Professionals.
THE TEACHERS* CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
of New England.
E. N. FICKETT, Prop. 8 Beacon St., Boston. Established 1885.
Bridgewater graduates always in demand.
Good places for those without experience.
Prompt and careful attention given each candidate.
Send for Manual. Telephone Connection.
MILTON BRADLEY CO.,
Principal manufacturers in the United States of
They make also many devices and Aids for Primary Teachers. Standard Water
Colors, Manual Training Material, Drawing Apparatus, Books for Teachers, and
Supplies of many kinds. Send for Catalogue.
Boston Office, 120 Boylston St.
E. O. CLARK, Manager.
DR. CALVIN PRATT.
TILL 9 A. M.
12 M. TO 2 P. M.
6 P. M. TO 7.30 P. M.
DR. JAMES F. SMITH
OPERA HOUSE BLOCK 172 MAIN ST.
DR. C. J. MERCER,
OFFICE, ELWELL BLOCK, CENTRAL SQ.,
HOURS, 6 TO 12 AND 1 TO 5
A few good Teachers' Agen-
cies for sale at reduced rates.
Strthur, Jt. Willis,
vState Normal School.
THIS INSTITUTION is one of the ten State Normal Schools
under the direction of the Mass. Board of Education, and is open
to young men not less than seventeen years of age, and young wo-
men not less than sixteen, who desire to prepare for teaching in the
public schools of the state.
It has a two years' course of study, a four years' course, an inter-
mediate course which includes the two years' course and elective
studies, a kindergarten course, and special courses for graduates of
normal schools and colleges.
Entrance examinations for 1903, Thursday and Friday, June 25-
26, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 8-9. Applicants must be pre-
sent both days of the examination. Eor circulars, address
A. G. BOYDEN, Principal.
jCeading Sents' furnisher and
Odd Fellows* Block, Bridgewater,